Sat. Jul 31st, 2021

The Philippines will start getting from the month of June vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) from Moderna of the United States, according to billionaire Enrique Razon Jr.

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He said that through a tripartite agreement with Moderna, the government and International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), the Philippines will receive 20 million doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccines from Moderna.

Razon revealed that development during the annual shareholders’ meeting of ICTSI on Thursday.

“When deliveries arrive at the end of the second quarter [of 2021], we shall immediately roll out our vaccination program for employees, their direct dependents and extended household members,” Razon, who is the chairman and president of ICTSI, said.

Under the tripartite agreement, the Philippine government will get 13 million doses of the Moderna vaccines while the private sector will get 7 million doses for its workers.

Earlier, National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. on said some 194,000 doses of Moderna vaccine will be delivered to the Philippines in May.

Galvez, also the country’s vaccine czar, said this will be the first batch of the 13 million doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine procured by the government through a bilateral agreement.

“And then Moderna, we have already signed the supply agreement and the first doses – 194,000 will arrive this coming May),” Galvez said in a virtual Palace presser. SOVEREIGNPH

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