Sun. Aug 1st, 2021

The government has secured A steady supply of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines this year with signing of procurement contracts with five pharmaceutical companies.

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In a press release from the National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19, Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. bared on Friday that more deals with vaccine manufacturers Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Novavax, and Gamaleya Research Institute have been finalized.

The government has yet to close a supply agreement for Johnson&Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, he added.

To date, the Philippines has purchased 25 million doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac, 13 million doses of Moderna, 20 million doses of Gamaleya’s Sputnik V, and 45 million doses of Novavax.

Galvez said some 17 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, procured through a tripartite agreement with local government units (LGUs) and the private sector, will be delivered beginning June.

The first tranche of Russia’s Sputnik V will be delivered this month.

The government is also negotiating with the US-based Pfizer-BioNTech to expedite the logistical requirements for the deployment of its vaccines.

Some 2.4 million doses of Pfizer jabs secured via the COVAX Facility are expected for delivery within this quarter.

“Every volume of Covid-19 jabs negotiated between the government and vaccine makers is very significant,” he said in a news release. “Once a steady supply is secured, the inoculation of the general public will follow.”He said the arrival of the bulk of is seen in August. SOVEREIGNPH

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