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The Senate wants details of the government’s deals for the purchase of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and will be holding an executive session tomorrow (Friday) to find that out, among others, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said.

“In the hearing…tomorrow, we’re going to, in an executive session so that they don’t violate their non-disclosure agreement (NDA), we will ask them to disclose the prices of the purchase of the vaccines,” Zubiri said in a television interview on Thursday.

He said that the NDAs executed with vaccine suppliers cannot be invoked when public funds are being used.

“They’re claiming the non-disclosure. The non-disclosure agreements cannot be used for government funds because we have to properly account it. That is the key to transparency,” he said partly in Filipino.

Zubiri made the statements after the government announced it has closed a deal with China’s Sinovac Biotech for 25 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccines. About 50,000 doses of the China firm’s vaccines will arrive next month.

The senator, however, said he still trusts Covid-19 vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., who is spearheading the acquisition of vaccines on behalf of the Philippine government. SOVEREIGNPH

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