The Caloocan City government signed an agreement with British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for the purchase of 600,000 coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) vaccines that will be distributed for free to the city’s residents.
Caloocan City Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan announced on Sunday night that 300,000 residents will benefit from the initial supply of vaccines.
“Tuluy-tuloy ang ating paghahanda para sa pagbili ng bakuna kontra Covid-19. Nakikipag-ugnayan tayo sa mga pharmaceutical company upang matiyak na makakakuha tayo ng bakuna pag ito ay aprubado na ng Inter-Agency Task Force at Food and Drug Administration (We are continously preparing to buy vaccines against COVID-19. We are coordinating with pharmaceutical companies to ensure that we will acquire a vaccine when it is approved by the IATF and the FDA),” he said in a Facebook post.
Earlier, Malapitan said that the city government earmarked a budget of P125 million for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines.
He also said that they will borrow an additional P1 billion to ensure that each resident will receive a free COVID-19 vaccine.
The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses for it to be effective. Each dose costs $10 or around P500.
In Metro Manila, the Quezon City government and Valenzuela city government have also signed deals to acquire thousands of COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca.