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PH to purchase 6-M doses of one-shot J&J COVID-19 vaccine

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 11:18 AM October 04, 2021
Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Johnson & Johnson logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo

 (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo)

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government will sign a contract with Johnson & Johnson (J&J) for the purchase of around six million doses of the firm’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Monday.

“I would like to announce that this week, we will be signing another contract [with] Johnson & Johnson. More or less 6 million doses, one shot. Ito po, gagamitin natin ito sa January allocation natin,” Galvez said during the “Sa Bakuna, Panalo Ka” event in Angeles City, Pampanga.

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(I would like to announce that this week, we will be signing another contract [with] Johnson & Johnson. More or less 6 million doses, one shot. These will be for our January vaccine allocation.)

The Philippines has received at some 3.2 million doses of the J&J vaccine, though these were donated by the U.S. government through the COVAX facility. These jabs were delivered in two tranches in July.

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A total of 561,600 doses of the US-made Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the Philippines on Monday evening. 

 Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. (PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

Galvez said the government is also in talks with four vaccine manufacturers for the procurement of COVID-19 jabs for next year, but did not identify the brands.

“Ang bibilhin po natin is more or less 90 to 100 million,” he said.

(We will buy more or less 90 to 100 million doses.)

Over 21 million persons have so far been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country.

More people are expected to be vaccinated soon as the government opens the inoculation of the general population and minors with comorbidities this October.

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