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Government Eye 80M Coronavirus Vaccine Dose

PHILIPPINE STAR / EDD GUMBAN

Along Vann Marlo M. Villegas And Charmaine A. Tadalan, Reporter

The Philippine government is continuing supply negotiations with pharmaceutical companies and is expected to receive millions of coronavirus vaccines next year.

Carlito G, a vaccine expert. Galvez, Jr. Said at a cabinet meeting aired on Saturday that the state was discussing with British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca Plc 20 million doses allocated to the government and another 10 million doses to the private sector.

“For Western-based vaccines, the earliest is May,” he said.

The government has also signed a contract with the Serum Institute of India Ptv. According to Galvez, the corporation by January promised 30 million doses to the Philippines.

He also said they were in talks with US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and Moderna had agreed to ship 20 million shipments. Pfizer and Moderna are at the forefront of vaccine development, both reporting efficacy rates of over 90%.

“If you get Novavax, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna, you may have more or less 80 million doses,” Galvez said.

Moderna, Inc. Has agreed to expedite the shipment of coronavirus vaccines to the Philippines, said Foreign Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. Said on Sunday.

“Moderna is on board and accelerating mass shipments,” he tweeted, citing Filipino Ambassador Jose Manuel G. Romuardes. “Everything is back in place.”

“We have a complete range of vaccines, from the least effective to the most available, for everyone to choose from,” he added.

Locsin said last week government officials “dropped the ball” in negotiations to get 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from P.fizer, Inc.

Romualdez later stated that the Filipino government could secure as many as 25 million doses from Moderna and Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings, Inc.

This precedes a plan to convene the entire Senate Committee on January 11 to investigate the state’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

Galvez said last week he negotiated 25 million doses with the Russian Institute for Epidemiology and Microbiology, signed a contract by January, and hopes to produce them by February.

He also said they were negotiating with Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech Ltd. and disputed the claim that they were prioritizing Chinese companies.

“It’s a portfolio. Our first contract is with AstraZeneca,” Galvez said in a mixture of English and Filipino. Next is Novavax, Inc. And Serum Institute of India Ptv’s Covovax vaccine. Ltd., then Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, he added.

Modena, Gamareya, and Sinovac may follow.

“Emergency use”
The government aims to vaccinate 20 million people annually over the next three years.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed an executive order permitting the local Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue an emergency use authorization for coronavirus drugs and vaccines.

This reduces the approval process from 6 months to 21 days.

Saturday’s presidential spokesman Harry L. Location said Pfizer had applied for emergency use in the Philippines. The United States has approved a vaccine for emergency use.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health (DoH) is preparing to deploy a vaccine for priority groups, Napoleon L. Alevaro, director of the agency’s Department of Disease Prevention and Control, told an online news briefing last week. He said vaccinations could begin in April.

Healthcare workers, seniors and prison staff will be prioritized, Arévalo said.

Health Minister Francisco T. Duterte said in the same briefing that the poor would also be prioritized according to the orders of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

He said health officials would monitor potential adverse effects after vaccination.

“We really need to monitor these as closely as possible. And most importantly, make sure that surveillance is appropriate to identify people who may have acute or potential side effects, “Duque said.

Congress has secured 2.5 billion pesos under the 2021 Ministry of Health budget for vaccination programs and an additional 70 billion pesos with unprogrammed funding for procurement, distribution and storage.

There is also a waiting fund of 10 billion pesos, and the total distribution of vaccines will be 82.5 billion pesos.

Meanwhile, Senator Francis N. Panguilinan urged the government to take decisive action to prevent the new coronavirus strain from invading the Philippine border.

“It’s time for authorities to take swift action, as all that is required for the new variant to spread is for one person to fly and land at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA),” he said in a statement. ..

He also urged the Ministry of Health (DoH) and the Inter-Ministry Task Force (IATF) to keep informed the public and constantly monitor development so as not to cause fear or panic.

DoH reported 883 coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing the total to 469,886.

According to the report, after 42 patients died, the number of deaths increased to 9,109 and the recovery rate increased by 7,635 to 438,678.

There were 22,099 active cases, of which 80.2% were mild, 9.9% were asymptomatic, 6.2% were severe, 3.2% were severe, and 0.43% were moderate.

Rizal reported the most new cases in 66, followed by Quezon City with 50, Benguet with 47, Davao City with 42 and Manila with 35.

DoH said the two duplicates were removed from the count and 10 recovered cases were reclassified as deaths. It said that 15 laboratories did not submit data on December 26th.

Duterte said on Saturday that the coronavirus strain would cancel the face-to-face pilot class in January after a surge in cases in the UK.



Government Eye 80M Coronavirus Vaccine Dose

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