MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines is set to sign a supply agreement for AstraZeneca’s potential COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, the first such deal in a country aiming to further reopen its economy that has been ravaged by the pandemic.
Carlito Galvez, a top coronavirus task force official, told a media briefing the deal would be for two million doses.
However, Joey Concepcion, a government business adviser, told Reuters the private sector was aiming to procure more than that.
The private firms will pay for the vaccine and donate half of the supply to the government, with the other half to be used to cover employees in the private sector, Concepcion said, without identifying the private companies.
The government is also in talks with China’s Sinovac over a 20-50 million vaccine supply deal, as well as U.S. drugmaker Pfizer, Galvez said earlier.
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