Up to 108 million Covid-19 vaccine doses already secured–Galvez
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has so far secured up to 108 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines after it signed five term sheets with vaccine manufacturers, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Monday.
“On our negotiations, we have already signed the term sheet of five. We have already locked in the supply of 106 to 108 million doses including po yung sa single dose,” Galvez said in a pre-recorded meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.
Galvez did not identify the vaccine manufacturers that are involved in supplying the Philippines with the Covid-19 vaccines.
But previously, the government already announced having secured vaccines from China’s Sinovac, British drugmaker AstraZeneca, U.S. companies Pfizer and Moderna, and the Serum Institute of India.
“All in all, by this February, second week, we’re trying to come up with the supply agreements with the vaccine manufacturers and we will also include the two remaining contracts we are negotiating,” said Galvez.
“We are expecting up to 146 to 148 million doses. This is excluding the COVAX [facility where] we are assured to have more or less 40 million doses,” he added.
The Philippines is expecting to receive at least 5.6 million Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca within the first quarter of the year, Galvez said.
Some 50,000 Covid-19 vaccines from Sinovac are also expected to arrive this February.
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