LGUs announce signing deals for advance purchase of AstraZeneca vaccines

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 10) — A number of cities have announced that they have signed deals for the advance purchase of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

San Juan City, Valenzuela City, Vigan, Caloocan City and Iloilo City all confirmed their separate agreements with the pharmaceutical company on Sunday, many of them through social media posts.

The local government of Valenzuela said its deal was for 640,000 doses of the vaccine.

"With the AstraZeneca vaccines, 320,000 individuals will be vaccinated, which is 70% of the target population of the city (18 years old below are excluded)," said the post.

"The vaccines are projected to arrive in the 2nd half of 2021 and Valenzuela City will be one of the first City Governments to roll out the said vaccines," it added.

San Juan City also announced it has signed a tripartite agreement with the national government, through the National Task Force Against COVID-19, and the pharmaceutical company for the procurement of vaccines as soon as they become available.

In a statement, Mayor Francis Zamora said they have allocated ₱50 million for the program, but did not disclose how many doses of the vaccine were included in the deal.

Vigan said it has signed an agreement for the advance purchase of 100,000 to 120,000 doses of the vaccine.

"We ordered enough doses to vaccinate all residents of Vigan City, aged 18 years old and above," said the post.

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Trenas said their deal was for 600,000 doses, costing about $3 million.

Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan also confirmed their order of not less than 600,000 doses.

Pasig City has also sealed the deal to purchase 400,000 vaccine doses from AstraZeneca worth P100 million. Mayor Vico Sotto said the quantity and delivery date will depend on several factors.

On Jan. 6, President Rodrigo Duterte allowed local government units to enter into tripartite agreements with the national government and vaccine manufacturers so that they can purchase COVID-19 vaccines in advance.

READ: COVID-19 vaccines: Where is PH in the procurement, clinical trials?

Some local government units nationwide have announced how much they would be spending for the inoculation of their residents. << >>

Makati City, Quezon City, and Taguig all said they would be shelling out ₱1 billion each to vaccinate their residents for free.