PH coordinating with US companies for purchase of COVID-19 vaccine


Posted at Jul 21 2020 10:21 PM

MANILA - The Philippines is coordinating with American companies to be among the top on the list of governments that can receive doses of vaccine against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Philippine Ambassador to US Jose Manuel Romualdez said the national government has high hopes the US will have a supply of vaccines for the Philippines.

“We all know that this vaccine, of course, is going to be important for all our countries and we ourselves here in Washington DC have already talked to the other company, the laboratories that will be producing these vaccines like Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson atsaka Moderna," Romualdez said.

"Naglilinya na tayo na once it’s available for export, nandiyan na tayo.”

Earlier, a paper published showed an experimental COVID-19 vaccine that is being developed by US biotech firm Moderna induced antibody responses against the coronavirus in all 45 participants of a human trial.

Moderna had previously published "interim results" from its Phase 1 in the form of a press release on its website in May, which revealed the vaccine had generated immune responses in eight patients.

Though these were called "encouraging" by Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseases official, the full study had been eagerly awaited by the scientific community.

--With reports from Joyce Balancio, ABS-CBN News and Agence France-Presse