Monday, January 18, the Philippines is now in the final stage of negotiation with Moderna for the procurement of up to 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccines.
During the hearing of the House Committee on Health, czar Carlito Galvez Jr., upon the guidance of Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualez, announced they will soon secure the said number of doses.
“For Moderna, Ambassador Romualdez said I can already announce that we will secure 20 million doses,” he said. “[That is] 10 million for the private sector and 10 million from the government,” Galvez said.
According to Romualdez, Moderna’s vaccine may be expected for delivery to the Philippines in mid-2021.
“I am pleased to share that, following months of discussions with Moderna, the Philippines is in the final stages of negotiating for the supply of a minimum of 10 million doses of mRNA-1273, the company’s vaccines, with the option to purchase an additional 10 million doses, for delivery beginning in mid-2021,” Romualdez said in a statement.
Moderna is one of the vaccine brands now being used in the US, along with Pfizer. Moderna’s vaccine has been found 94.1% effective in preventing coronavirus infection, while Pfizer has an efficacy rate of 95%.