MANILA — A tripartite agreement has already been signed by the government and private sector-led by business tycoon Enrique Razon with American drug maker Moderna for the procurement of some 20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines for the Philippines.
This was announced by vaccine czar retired General Carlito Galvez, Jr. who described that the signing of the agreement could be considered proof that the Filipino Bayanihan spirit is truly alive.
“We would like to express our deepest appreciation to Mr. Enrique K Razon, chairman of ICTSI (International Container Terminals Services Incorporated) and representing the private sector, for his incessant support to the national government in our fight against this pandemic,” Galvez pointed out.
“We would also like to thank Mr. Patrick Bergstedt and the whole Moderna Team for keeping up with their commitment in providing 20 million ‘doses of hope’ for 10 million Filipinos. Our special thanks to the Philippine ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel ‘Babe’ Romualdez for his continued intercession and introduction of Moderna to the national government,” he added.
Under the agreement, the government will be able to secure 13 million doses of Moderna vaccines while the private sector would be supplied with another seven million vaccine doses for its frontline workers.
The negotiations to acquire Moderna vaccines began late last year and the tripartite agreement will now help provide a major boost to the country’s national vaccine program which kicked off last more than two weeks ago on March 1.
To date, some 269,583 medical front liners and health workers have been inoculated Across the country and with the tripartite agreement in place, the country will now be able to realize its goal of having a “steady supply of vaccines” throughout the year.
“This is part of our goal to vaccinate 70 million of our adult population and recover the economy from the pandemic,” Galvez said.
For his part, Razon declared in a statement posted on ICTSI’s website that his company “is formally committed to manage and fund the entire international logistics effort for the Moderna order.”
“We have an intrinsic and moral obligation to assist our countrymen in every way possible,” the tycoon underscored. (AI/MTVN)