The Philippines ordered 50 million Moderna COVID-19 booster shots for 2022, according to Romualdez.
On Tuesday, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez said that the Philippines had ordered 50 million Moderna COVID-19 booster shots for 2022.
In a Malacañang briefing on Tuesday, Romualdez said that the Philippines have ordered Moderna COVID-19 booster shots that were currently being developed.
“Ang magandang balita, kasama rin tayo doon sa mga booster shots na dine-develop ngayon. Moderna definitely has already informed us. Nag-reserve na tayo ng mga 50 million doses, that’s for next year,” Romualdez said.
Last May, Romualdez told CNN Philippines that COVID-19 booster shots from Moderna may be combined with other vaccine brands initially administered to Filipinos.
Scientists were still researching how long COVID-19 vaccines can provide immunity against the coronavirus disease, factoring in new COVID-19 variants which could be more transmissible.
Medical experts said that fully vaccinated individuals might need a booster shot within a year in order to stay protected against COVID-19.
Last April, the Department of Health (DOH) said that it will wait for additional evidence on the need for an extra COVID-19 vaccine dose.
To recall, the Philippines had signed a tripartite agreement with Modera for 20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses. Of these, the national government ordered 13 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, while the private sector procured seven million COVID-19 vaccine doses.
The Philippines will receive the first tranche of COVID-19 vaccine doses on June 27, which was a shipment of 250,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses.