Baguio City inks COVID - 19 vaccine deal with Astra Zeneca

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 12(PIA) - - The City Public Information Office reports that the City Government headed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong,  in partnership with the Department of Health and the National Task Force for on Emerging and Re – emerging Diseases,  signed a deal with British – Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for the procurement of COVID – 19 vaccines.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong during the City Government's first flag raising ceremony last January 4 calls for the cooperation of all Baguio stakeholders in keeping themselves and their family safe from COVID - 19, as the city government works on bringing in a safe and effective vaccination program. (Photo by Baguio City PIO) 

 Under the multipartite agreement  inked  last  January 10 , the City Government of Baguio will procure Astra Zeneca vaccines   good for 190,000 individuals, or around 70 percent of the 270,000 target population under the city’s COVID – 19 vaccination program.

The city government is also in negotiation with other international pharmaceutical companies for the provision of other COVID – 19 vaccines for Baguio’s contingency or reserved supply.

Magalong also earlier reported of negotiations with and commitment from global and local private companies as well as civic – minded families and individuals, for pledges and support for the acquisition of more vaccines for the people of Baguio.

For the National Vaccination Program, the Philippine government represented by Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr has signed a term sheet last January 9 with Serum Institute of India (SII) and its local partner, Faberco Life Sciences, Inc., to secure the supply of 30 million doses of COVID – 19 vaccine Covovax, which will be available starting third quarter of this year.

 Galvez in a PIA-led press conference   last week also bared that advanced stages of negotiations are ongoing with Novavax, Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Sinovac and Gamaleya.    

In the same press conference, Dr. Socorro Escalante of the World Health Organization affirms that the Philippines is on track in terms of its preparations for the vaccines’ introduction and for the various rollout including the distribution of the vaccines across the country. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

 



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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