Release of private sector-procured vax will be ‘unhampered’: DOF

Releasing of Covid-19 vaccines imported by the private sector will generally be the same as those bought by the government, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said.

In a Viber message to journalists Thursday, Dominguez said the private sector-procured vaccines are expected to arrive by mid-June this year.

He said, “For Moderna and (AstraZeneca), it would be the same since (the Department of Health) is the consignee.”

Dominguez said “the process will substantially be the same and liquidation will be done on an after the fact basis. Goods will pass through unhampered in order to ensure temperature stability.”

The government and the private sector have signed a tripartite agreement to procure around 20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by US-based company Moderna.

Under the deal, the government will purchase the bulk at 13 million doses while the private sector will purchase the balance of 7 million.

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