PHILIPPINE Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez yesterday revealed that the Philippines is in the final stages of negotiating for the procurement of up to 20 million COVID-19 vaccines from an American biotechnology company Moderna.
In a post at the official Facebook Page of the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC, Romualdez said the vaccines are expected to be delivered to the Philippines beginning mid- 2021.
“I am pleased to share that following months of discussions with Moderna, the Philippines is in the final stages of negotiating for the supply of a minimum of 10 million doses of mRNA-1273, the company’s vaccines, with the option to purchase an additional 10 million doses, for delivery beginning in mid-2021,” Romualdez said.
“I welcome the pledge of support of the private sector led by ICTSI’s Enrique Razon in shipping and distributing the vaccines from the manufacturing facility in Spain to the Philippines at no cost to the Philippine government,” the ambassador added.
Last month, Romualdez reported that aside from Pfizer, American companies Moderna and Arcturus expressed readiness to supply the Philippines anywhere between four and 25 million of their respective vaccines starting Q3 2021, should the Philippine government find their proposals acceptable.