30 million Novavax COVID-19 vaccine doses assured to the Philippines, according to DFA Sec. Locsin
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro “Teddy” Locsin Jr. on Monday said that the Philippines had been assured of around 30 million Novavax COVID-19 vaccine doses.
In an interview on CNN Philippines on Monday, Locsin said that the terms on the supply of COVID-19 vaccine would be signed before the end of 2020.
“Thirty million dosage of the Indian-made Novavax are assured, possibly, with no cash advance. It will be available by July 2021,” Locsin said.
Serum Institute of India (SII) was the vaccine maker of Novavax in India.
It was last Saturday when vaccine czar Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. said that the Philippine government was targeting to secure a deal with different COVID-19 vaccine makers in the next few weeks.
Also on Saturday, Locsin said that he had a chat on Friday night with United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who promised to try his best in order to help Philippine ambassador to the US Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez with the country’s bid for coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech.
Meanwhile, Senator Bong Go on Monday said that the Philippine government was exploring multiple sources of coronavirus vaccines in order to ensure access of Filipinos to safe and effective coronavirus vaccines to overcome the ongoing pandemic.