The Mandaluyong City government headed by Mayor Menchie Abalos signs a tripartite agreement with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines, Inc. and the national government for the advance purchase of P200 million worth of COVID-19 vaccines.
The City Council approved on January 6 Resolution No. 2961, Series 2021 which authorizes Mayor Menchie Abalos to enter into, sign, execute, and deliver the multilateral agreement with the said pharmaceutical company.
Abalos and the City Council were unanimous in approving the vaccine made by AstraZeneca since it was already approved by the United Kingdom government last December 30, 2020. The company’s local subsidiary, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines, Inc. has offered the vaccine at a much lower cost and is much easier to distribute due to its minimal storage requirement of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius.