Vaccine procurement deals sealed before January 31

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THE government is working double time to make sure that all supply agreements are sealed before the end of the month or first week of February at the latest, vaccine czar Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Friday.

“Ang plano po namin lahat ng supply agreement at term sheet will be finished within this month or first week of February,” Galvez said, even as he claimed that they intend to make the supply agreements as transparent as they could.

“With the permission also of the manufacturer, we will request that it will be published in due time,” Galvez said.

The vaccine czar said the actual delivery of the vaccine supplies will be dependent on the approval of the vaccine makers’ application for emergency use authorization (EUA) with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the Philippines.

So far, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has secured an EUA from the country’s FDA.

The applications of AstraZeneca, Gamaleya, Sinovac, and Bharat BioTech for EUA are still pending.

The Philippine government targets to inoculate 50 to 70 million individuals this year, and the immunization is expected to start in the latter part of February. 

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