Parañaque City, Zuellig Pharmaceutical ink deal for storage of COVID-19 vaccine

Published March 3, 2021, 4:25 PM

by Jean Fernando

The Parañaque City government and Zuellig Pharmaceutical-Philippines on Monday (March 1) inked a deal for the storage of 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine procured by the city government which is expected to arrive in the second quarter this year.

(Zuellig Pharma / MANILA BULLETIN)

Mayor Edwin Olivarez and Zuellig’s president and general manager Danilo Cahoy signed an agreement for the logistics services in the distribution of the vaccines in the city’s 16 barangays.

Olivarez said that he is hoping AstraZeneca shots will arrive in the country in the late second quarter or early July and will be welcomed by city hall and pharmaceutical officials.

He said the city government already gave a 20 percent advance payment amounting to P9.6 million for the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The mayor also said that around 500,000 city residents will receive the vaccine once it arrives in the city.

Health workers will be prioritized in the vaccination program of the city government followed by essential service workers, security and traffic personnel, and senior citizens.

“Zuellig’s storage has a capability of up to 70 degrees centigrade. From the airport, the vaccines will be brought to their storage and to our vaccination centers here in the city,” Olivarez said.

He added that the pharmaceutical company’s warehouse is located along West Service Road, South Superhighway in Barangay Sun Valley, and just a 10-minute drive from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).