Cebu City eyes vaccines from Pfizer or Moderna, waits for nat’l gov’t approval

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 11) — Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella said they prefer to procure COVID-19 vaccines from either Pfizer or Moderna.

Labella wants to sign a contract with the US-based drug manufacturers as several local government units opted to close deals with British drugmaker AstraZeneca.

However, the mayor said they will await the go signal of vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. before entering into any agreement with pharmaceutical companies.

Cebu City has allocated ₱400 million for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines for its residents.

Meanwhile, a number of cities have announced that they have signed deals for the advance purchase of the AstraZeneca vaccine, including San Juan City, Valenzuela City, Caloocan City, Vigan and Iloilo City.

READ: LGUs announce signing deals for advance purchase of AstraZeneca vaccines