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Philippines signed 4.8-B purchase orders for AstraZeneca, Sinovac vaccines -Palace

The Philippines has signed purchase orders worth an estimated P4.8 billion for 17 million doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine and a million doses of Sinovac's, presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said on Tuesday.

“Sinovac at P700 million is payable seven days prior to delivery,” Roque said in a statement.

“Seventy percent of AstraZenecas are paid. The 30% will be paid prior to the date of delivery,” he added.

Roque said the AstraZeneca vaccine was worth US$5 or P242.50 per dose.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez earlier said that the country’s purchase of one million doses of Sinovac will be delivered by March 21.

The arrival date of the purchased 17 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines has yet to be determined.

At least 1.12 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to the Philippines so far.

Of this number of delivered jabs, 600,000 doses were Sinovac donated by the Chinese government while 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines were donated by wealthy nations and firms under the COVAX facility, a global initiative aiding low and middle income countries in their pandemic response.

The country started its COVID-19 vaccination program last March 1. -NB, GMA News