November 27, 2020 at 17:35 JST
A man wearing a mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus walks past a reflection of a colorful Christmas tree in Quezon city, Philippines, on Nov. 24. (AP Photo)
MANILA--The Philippines will get 2.6 million shots of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca under the country’s first supply deal for a coronavirus vaccine, senior officials said on Friday.
This supply, to be paid for by the private sector, will inoculate over 1 million Filipinos as the British drugmaker’s vaccine requires two doses, said Jose Concepcion, a government business adviser representing the private sector.
Carlito Galvez, a top coronavirus task force official, said authorities were also negotiating with AstraZeneca a possible purchase of a further 1 million doses of the vaccine.
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