By Prince Golez
The government will sign a deal with UK-based drug company AstraZeneca for 20 million doses of its coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine tomorrow, according to vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr.
“After the signing tomorrow, magkakaroon ng tripartite supply agreement na pipirmahan ng national government, LGU (local government units), at vaccine maker,” Galvez said during the Laging Handa briefing Wednesday.
“Ang responsibility ng LGU ay to administer the vaccines,” he added.
Last November, the Philippines also secured 2.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca, which reportedly has up to 90 percent efficacy.
Aside from the British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical, the country will also receive 30 million doses of vaccine developed by US drug maker Novavax, and 25 million doses from China’s Sinovac.
As of Tuesday, the Philippines has recorded 491,258 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 458,172 recoveries and 9,554 deaths.