A total of 17 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from private sector are expected to be made available in the second semester to inoculate 8 million Filipinos from 39 local government units.

This developed as 39 local government units (LGUs) and 300 donor companies and vaccine supplier AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines Inc. participated in the “A Dose of Hope” ceremonial Signing Wave 2.

Presidential adviser on entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion

Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said the 17 million doses summed up the private sector donations from Wave 1 with 35 companies and 300 donor firms for Wave 2. 

 The agreement is that 50 percent of the donated vaccines will be given to the donors for their own employees and 50 percent will go to the government through the Department of Health, which will be the one to allocate these vaccines to identified sectors.

Concepcion also hinted of a Wave 3 of the “A Dose of Hope” donation drive stating they are talking with another provider although he did not discount of another collaboration with AstraZeneca citing the patriotism of its country head Lotis Ramin.

“There is still a long list of private sector wanting to purchase vaccines,” he said.

 Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr. explained that the government cannot delegate the responsibility of importing the vaccines to anybody else because there are still ongoing trials. “All emergency use should be controlled by the government,” he stressed. “We cannot commercialize the procurement of vaccines,” he said adding that no vaccine company also will sell to different companies but to the national governments only.

Concepcion also supported Galvez stressed for better coordination. He said the private sector will abide with its agreement with the government for their respective roles.

Galvez said that the government is targeting between 50 to 70 million to be inoculated this year and another wave next year.

The government is targeting to secure 148 million doses. To date, Galvez said, the tally has reached 137 million doses once all purchase contracts are signed this month.

British Amb. Daniel Pruce was commended for helping in the negotiation with Astra Zeneca, a British drug company that was tapped by vaccine developer Oxford University on condition they will not sell for profit.

Concepcion said that the Philippines cannot be left behind in the COVID-19 vaccination.

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2021/01/14/private-sector-secures-17m-covid-19-vaccine-doses/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=private-sector-secures-17m-covid-19-vaccine-doses)