Mabalacat earmarks P50M to purchase vaccines, eyes AstraZeneca deal
The city government of Mabalacat has allotted P50 million for its Covid-19 vaccination program, according to a Philippine Information Agency report.
In the report, Mabalacat City Mayor Crisostomo Garbo said the amount will include the establishment of a COVID-19 central hub and six vaccination centers.
“We will also utilize our rural health units for our immunization program when the vaccines become readily available for Mabalaqueños,” he was quoted as saying.
The mayor added that the city government “is also looking at a tripartite agreement with AstraZeneca and the Department of Health as part of the acquisition deal for the vaccine shots.”
“We are eyeing to purchase vaccines from the British-Swedish drug-maker AstraZeneca due to its safety, higher efficacy, and low maintenance requirements,” Garbo said in the report.
The mayor said he had already issued an executive order assigning the Mabalacat City Task Force for its Covid-19 vaccination.
“We already have a process in place and we will try to get everyone immunized. Aside from our funds, we will also seek the help of the national and provincial government to provide for our local government,” he said.
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