2 more Rizal towns sign deal with AstraZeneca | Inquirer News
Close  

2 more Rizal towns sign deal with AstraZeneca

/ 04:25 PM January 14, 2021

SAN PEDRO CITY –– Two more urban local governments in Rizal province sealed a deal with British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for the possible purchase of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines.

The municipalities of Cainta and Taytay disclosed on Thursday that they recently signed a “confidentiality agreement” with the drug company.

ADVERTISEMENT

But Taytay Mayor George Ricardo “Joric” Gacula, on Thursday, said he was constrained by the confidentiality clause to discuss its details, including the number of doses.

Cainta Mayor Johnielle Keith Nieto, in a Facebook post, said that aside from the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, he was also talking with an unnamed Chinese drug company “to ensure an adequate supply” to cover 310,000 people in his city.

FEATURED STORIES

Reservation

Gacula said the agreement, which is more like placing a reservation or an advance order with the company for when the vaccines become available in the Philippines, was signed last week.

Gacula, who is also the vice president of the League of Municipalities (LCM)-Rizal, said at least four more towns in the province are likely to sign a similar deal with AstraZeneca in the days to come.

On Sunday, Jan. 10, Antipolo City, the capital of Rizal, signed a P300-million vaccine deal with AstraZeneca but did not disclose the number of doses that was going to be a part of the deal.

Enough

Gacula said presidential spokesperson Harry Roque told LCM-Rizal last week that there would be enough vaccine supply for the entire Philippine population.

“But as they say: better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have,” Gacula said in a phone interview on Thursday.

Gacula said Taytay could allocate as much as P300 million from its internal revenue allotment and calamity fund, while Nieto said Cainta could raise as much as P150 million for the vaccines.

Both mayors did not also disclose the number of doses for their purchase deals.

But Nieto said there would be enough AstraZeneca doses “for at least half of the population” or about 150,000 people, in his town.

LZB

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link .

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, Coronavirus, coronavirus disease, COVID-19, Local Governments, Rizal province, Vaccines
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.