Nilagdaan na ni Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. at ng Serum Institute of India (SII) at Faberco Life Sciences, Inc. noong Enero 9, 2021 ang kasunduan upang masiguro ng bansa ang suplay ng 30 milyong doses ng COVID-19 vaccine na Covovax.
Inaasahang maipamamahagi ang naturang bakuna sa third quarter ng taong ito.
“This is a significant milestone in relations between India and the Philippines. It shows that we don’t have to look far beyond Philippine shores to find friends who are willing to help each other out,” pahayag ni Faberco Life Sciences Inc. founder Kishore Hemlani.
Nakipag-ugnayan ang SII, na siyang pinakamalaking vaccine manufacturer sa buong mundo, sa Novavax, isang US-based biotechnology company, upang mabuo at maipagbili ang Covovax vaccine.
“The vaccine will be used to vaccinate 15 million vulnerable and poor Filipinos. The vaccine is stable at 2°C to 8°C, the standard temperature that is within the existing cold chain system in the Philippines, thus allowing its distribution to the remotest barangays,” paliwanag ni Faberco Life Sciences Medical Director Dr. Luningning Villa.
Kasalukuyang isinasagawa ang ikatlong stage ng trial ng nasabing bakuna sa United Kingdom, Estados Unidos, at Mexico.
Inaasahang mapagpapasyahan na ang presyo ng naturang bakuna sa pagitan ng Pilipinas at ng SII sa lalong madaling panahon.
Ang SII ay nagsusuplay ng iba’t ibang klase ng bakuna sa bansa, lalo na iyong mga ipinamahagi kaugnay sa Expanded Program for Immunization ng pamahalaan.
Kaakibat naman ng SII ang Faberco Life Sciences, Inc. para sa iba pang vaccination programs sa bansa, tulad ng Inactivated Polio vaccine, Rotavirus vaccine, at Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine.
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