PH secures 30M Novavax doses

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) — The Philippines has finally secured 30 million COVID-19 vaccine doses with US drugmaker Novavax, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. bared Tuesday.

In a virtual briefing with Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Galvez said the supply agreement which covers the 30 million Covovax vaccine doses was signed during his meeting with the representatives of Serum Institute of India last week.

"Maganda po ang naging kinalabasan ng pagpunta natin sa India. Na-secure natin yung 30 million doses ng Novavax," he said.

[Translation: Our trip to India paid off. We were able to secure 30 million doses from Novavax.]

Novavax is based in the US but its Covovax vaccines are manufactured at the Serum Institute of India.

Galvez said the Covovax doses will likely arrive in the third or fourth quarter of the year. Novavax has yet to get an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.

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He added that they are also expecting the arrival of 1.4 million doses of China's Sinovac vaccines this month, and 900,000 more AstraZeneca doses in late March or early April via the COVAX facility co-led by the World Health Organization.

The Philippines' COVID-19 immunization drive is ongoing after securing 600,000 Sinovac's CoronaVax doses and 525,600 AstraZeneca doses two weeks ago.

At least 216,794 healthcare workers have received their COVID-19 inoculations as of Tuesday, Galvez added.