In a post published today by the Public Information Office (PIO) of the City of Baguio, January 11, 2021 (Monday), Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong has announced that the city government has entered a vaccine deal with AstraZeneca, British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company.
The said agreement was signed yesterday, January 10, 2021 (Sunday), by the following:
- Mayor Benjamin Magalong
- Representatives of AstraZeneca
- Department of Health (DOH)
- National Task Force on Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases.
In addition, the vaccine deal is “for the procurement of vaccines that will benefit a total of 190,000 individuals”, according to PIO.
“Mayor Benjamin Magalong announced the city government has entered into a deal with British-Swedis parmaceutical company AstraZeneca for the procurement of vaccines that will benefit a total of 190,000 individuals.”-PIO on Facebook
PIO added that the number of beneficiaries represents 70 percent of Baguio City’s target population for inoculation which will not include 17 years old and below.
According to the mayor, the company initially planned to supply doses good for only 50,000 persons for the city but the mayor’s request to increase the allocation was approved by the company.
“The mayor said that AstraZeneca initially planned to supply doses good for only 50,000 persons for the city but the company subsequently approved the mayor’s request to increase the allocation to cover 70 percent of the target population and enable the city to establish herd immunity against the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).”
-PIO on Facebook
Furthermore, the city is currently in talks with other international pharmaceutical companies for more vaccine provisions according to Mayor Magalong.
“At the same time, engagements with global and local private companies and even civic-minded families and individuals in the city are moving for the acquisition of more vaccines free of charge,” PIO added.
The city has also received commitments for a total of 33,000 from private companies, the mayor revealed.
The mayor said the city had received commitments for a total of 33,000 doses from the private companies which include the local chapter of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and locators in the Philippine Economic Zone Authority in the city.”
PIO added that “the mayor and the city council will work out the allocation of P100 million for the city’s vaccination program.”
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Source: PIO-City of Baguio