Therapy Areas: Vaccines
Moderna to supply the Philippines with 13 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine
8 March 2021 -

US pharmaceutical and biotechnology company Moderna Inc (Nasdaq:MRNA) said on 6 March 2021 it has agreed to supply the Philippines government with 13 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, with deliveries set to begin in mid-2021, Reuters news agency reported on Monday.

In a press release, Moderna said it will work with regulators to pursue necessary approvals before distribution.

Moderna added that it expects to reach a separate deal with the Philippines government and private sector to supply an additional seven million doses.

According to Reuters, this deal will boost the supply of COVID-19 vaccines in the Philippines, which began its campaign to inoculate 70 million of its 108 million people to achieve herd immunity on 1 March 2021.

The food and drug regulator of the Philippines has so far approved for emergency use COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE, British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca PLC and China's Sinovac Biotech.

Also, on 7 March 2021, officials took delivery of 38,400 more doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, bringing the total number of AstraZeneca vaccines the Philippines has so far received via the COVAX facility to 525,600 doses.