MANILA — The government signs an indemnification agreement with each of vaccine manufacturers Pfizer and AstraZeneca under the COVAX facility negotiation, says National Policy Against Covid-19 chief and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.
Since the World Health Organization (WHO) has already approved the Emergency Use Listing for AstraZeneca firm, vaccine doses from said manufacturer can be deployed in the Philippines via COVAX.
- “What is COVAX?“
- COVAX is one of three pillars of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. It is the only truly global solution to this pandemic because it is the only effort to ensure that people in all corners of the world will get access to COVID-19 vaccines once they are available, regardless of their economic standing. It was launched in April by the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Commission and France in response to this pandemic.
Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccine firms have submitted applications for the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA). EUA for Pfizer vaccines under the COVAX facility has been issued; AstraZeneca’s, meanwhile, is in the process of finalizing its donations under the COVAX facility.
The Government is fully prepared for the arrival of the first batch of 117,000 vaccine doses from Pfizer, says Galvez. It is now processing the final arrangements and necessary requirements for vaccine deployment.
Moreover, all Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers require an indemnification clause agreed upon in their contracts, including non-disclosure agreement, Galvez says. However, the requirement for indemnification clauses is not limited to negotiations under the COVAX facility.
He reiterates that once the supply agreement are finalized, the disclosure of details for vaccine arrival including the vaccine’s costs, volumes, and exact delivery dates will be disclosed to the public.
“We are expecting 148 million doses of vaccines if we maintain no violations to the agreements,” he says.
The Government aims vaccinate 70 million Filipinos this year. (JSM/JuanManila)