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OK na order! Isko Moreno releases P38.4M down payment for 800K doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccines

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Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has authorized the release of P38.4 million from the city’s coffers to pay the British–Swedish pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca in advance for an order of 800,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Moreno’s move on February 19 came after President Rodrigo Duterte signed a memorandum order increasing the limit for advanced payments for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines from the 15 percent cap.

“Parating na ang bakuna pero hindi pa rin tayo dapat maging kampante,” the mayor said. “Let’s keep practicing the health protocols mandated by the Department of Health and let’s keep refining our mass vaccination simulation exercises.”

Moreno expects 400,000 people to receive AstraZeneca’s vaccines, which require two doses. The local government of Manila has entered into a tripartite agreement with AstraZeneca and the National Task Force against COVID-19 (NTF) for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines.

Manila recently inaugurated the Manila COVID-19 Vaccine Storage Facility at the Sta. Ana Hospital which is equipped with a wide range of biomedical freezers that can store all vaccine brands available.