PH gov’t signs indemnity deal for COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, AstraZeneca

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The Philippine government has officially signed an indemnity deal required to get COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez announced.

Under the indemnity agreement submitted to the COVAX facility, the national government will shoulder the cost for adverse effects on those who will be vaccinated, NTF deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon said.

“Nakapagpirma na po at naisumite na po natin ang mga requirements. Kasama na po dito ang indemnification agreements para sa Pfizer at AstraZeneca. Napirmahan na po namin iyon,” he said.

This will serve as a guarantee that the country is ready for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines, including the handling of any adverse effects the drug may bring, Dizon added.

The processing of some documents earlier delayed the arrival of an initial batch of 117,000 Pfizer doses from the COVAX Facility this month, Dizon earlier said.

Such a deal is standard requirement for vaccine manufacturers, Dizon said.

The government is waiting for COVAX’s feedback on the indemnity agreement, he said. 

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