Sun. May 9th, 2021
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The Manila City government closed a deal on Monday with UK-based AstraZeneca for the acquisition of at least 800,000 doses of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) for the city’s residents.

In a Twitter message, the city government said Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso signed a tripartite deal with the national government and AstraZenea. The government was represented by the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF) and the Department of Health (DOH).

“Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno announces that the local government has closed a deal for the acquisition of 800,000 vaccines under a tripartite agreement with NTF, DOH and AstraZeneca,” the Twitter message stated.

Domagoso earlier said that the city government was considering Pfizer and AstraZeneca for Covid-19 vaccines, saying they are the most trusted pharmaceutical companies now and that they are transparent.

“They have their EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) from the U.S. and British government. Because of the EO 121, taking the cue from the national government. As of now, the City of Manila wanted to acquire 400,000 doses,” Domagoso said.

Executive Order 121 was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in December granting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to issue EUA for Covid-19 treatment drugs and vaccines that are still under development.

Domagoso said city of Manila already has a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

He said the city has allotted some P250 million for Covid-19 vaccines that can be increased to P1 billion if needed. SOVEREIGNPH

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