PH gov’t to seal the deal with AstraZeneca for 2M doses of COVID vaccine

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The Philippines is set to sign a deal with British pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca for its developed vaccine against COVID-19, vaccine czar and chief implementer of the National COVID-19 task force Carlito Galvez.

The tripartite deal for 2 million doses of the AstraZeneca drug will be made official on Friday, he added.

“‘Pag may nalagdaan po na tripartite agreement, magkakaroon ng expanded partnership ang ating public at private sector,” he said.

[Once we sign a tripartite agreement, there will be an expanded partnership between the public and private sectors.]

“Magiging maganda po ang paglaban natin sa pandemic kasi ang mangyayari po, they will co-share iyong responsibility in protecting the economy by vaccinating their own people and their own stakeholders,” he added. 

[Our fight against the pandemic will improve because they will co-share the responsibility in protecting the economy by vaccinating their own people and their own stakeholders.]

AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford announced on Monday that their inexpensive, easy-to-produce coronavirus vaccine was either 62 percent or 90 percent effective, depending on the manner in which the doses were given.

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