Our country has already procured 17 million more doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine through a tripartite agreement with the private sector and local government units.
This includes the 2.6 million doses purchased by over 30 companies and donated to the government in November 2020. For the second batch, about 300 companies and 39 LGUs from across the country pitched in for the purchase of around 14.4 million doses, officials said during a ceremonial signing on Thursday.
Until now the Food and Drug Administration is reviewing AstraZeneca’s application for the emergency use of its vaccines in the country.
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Aside from AstraZeneca, the use of Pfizer’s – BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine has approved in our country, which is the first one to be granted emergency use authorization.
The application of American pharmaceutical giant on Thursday was granted by FDA, as confirmed by Director General Eric Domingo. An Emergency Use Authorization(EUA) issuance from the regulators is required for the vaccines to be legally rolled out in the country.
Our country has not yet formally secured doses of the American pharmaceutical giant’s COVID-19 vaccine, but vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said that our country may receive more or less 40 million doses his year as they continue to finalize negotiations.
Pfizer doses could also arrive this quarter if the Philippines' application for an early rollout under the World Health Organization's(WHO’s) COVAX facility is granted.
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