BAGUIO CITY – The city government of Baguio has entered into a deal with British-Swedish pharma firm AstraZeneca for the procurement of vaccines that will benefit 190,000 individuals.
Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong revealed on Monday that the number of beneficiaries represents 70 percent of the city’s target population for vaccination, which does not include those aged 17 and below.
AstraZeneca, Magalong said, initially planned to supply doses good for only 50,000 persons for the city but the company subsequently approved the mayor’s request to increase the allocation that would cover 70 percent of the target population, which would eventually enable the city to establish herd immunity against the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The mayor said the city is still in talks with other international pharmaceutical companies for more vaccine provisions for the city’s contingency reserve.
At the same time, engagements with global and local private companies and even civic-minded families and individuals in the city are moving for the acquisition of more vaccines free of charge.
The mayor said the city had received commitments for a total of 33,000 doses from the private companies which include the local chapter of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and locators in the Philippine Economic Zone Authority in the city.
The mayor and the city council will work out the allocation of P100 million for the city’s vaccination program.