Galvez: Gov’t to sign deal with Pfizer

Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. on Saturday disclosed that the government will be able to sign a deal with Pfizer before the end of the year or early January following earlier reports of the botched coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine deal with the company.

In a radio interview, the vaccine czar assured that the Philippine government will be able to secure COVID vaccine from Pfizer.

“We will make sure that we can procure vaccines from Pfizer,” said Galvez. “Hopefully we can, because Pfizer is good since it has stringent authorization with the United Kingdom, United States, Singapore, and Canada, which means that the Food and Drug Administration requirement in our country will be easy.”

Galvez added that he is only awaiting the confirmation from the headquarters of Pfizer on the quantity of vaccine to be given to the Philippines, stressing that he is the sole negotiator in the procurement of COVID vaccine as authorized by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Earlier, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III was criticized for the alleged botched 10 million deal with Pfizer.

Galvez, meantime, said that the vaccine from Pfizer will be distributed in Metro Manila and major cities in the country and added that he is negotiating with at least seven pharmaceutical companies to ensure the country will have enough supply of COVID vaccines.

He noted that he expects a closed deal this December and early January and confirmed the statement of the Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez that Moderna is willing to allocate vaccines for the Philippines.

Galvez said at least $1.3 billion will be funded by the World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the procurement of COVID vaccines.

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