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Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has signed agreement with UK COVID-19 vaccine maker AstraZeneca

Mayor Vico Sotto has signed agreement with UK COVID-19 vaccine maker AstraZeneca

The Pasig City government has ordered 400,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca worth P100 million.

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto announced this in a Facebook post on Sunday, as he noted that some local government units have also signed a tripartite agreement with the British-Swedish pharmaceutical firm and the national government.

“Pasig has ordered 400K doses (100M pesos). Actual quantity and date of delivery will depend on several factors,” he said.

“We’ll buy from others as well as opportunities arise. This is to augment what the DOH will give us,” the mayor added.

Sotto earlier said the city government has allotted P300 million for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines, but added that this amount may still increase.

The phase 1 of the vaccination program will benefit medical frontliners, while the phase 2 will be for senior citizens and persons with disabilities, according to a separate Facebook post from the Pasig City Public Information Office (PIO) on Monday.

“Habang isinasagawa ang Phases 1 at 2, bababa na rin ang team natin sa barangay para mag-validate ng iba pang magiging benepisyaryo. 100% FREE. Libre po nating ibabahagi ang bakuna,” the PIO added.

(While Phases 1 and 2 are being conducted, our team will go down to barangays to validate information on other beneficiaries. This will be given 100-percent free. The vaccines will be provided for free.)

As of January 8, Pasig City has already recorded a total of 9,915 COVID-19 cases, consisting of 185 active cases, 9,336 recoveries, and 394 deaths.

SOURCE: DAILY INQUIRER

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