By Teddy Cambosa

American biotechnology and pharmaceutical company Moderna has announced that the national government has procured an additional seven million doses of Moderna vaccine, adding up to the total confirmed order commitment to 20 million.

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The additional vaccine orders come after the country has ordered an initial 13 million doses last March 6 this year, and has promised that the deliveries will be done by mid-2021.

Despite the order being committed, Moderna is working closely with the Philippine government, as the aforementioned vaccine has yet to secure approval for use in the country, and are working closely with regulators prior to distribution.

“We appreciate the continued confidence demonstrated by the government of the Philippines through this new agreement, as well as the support of the private sector, resulting in 20 million doses secured for the country,” said Stéphane Bancel, Chief Executive Officer of Moderna.

She added, “This agreement supports the ongoing efforts in the Philippines to secure access to a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine and reflects Moderna’s continued commitment to expanding access to its vaccine around the world.”

Teddy Cambosa is a graduating BS Biology student and a former campus journalist at Batangas State University. He is also currently writing for MARKETECH APAC, a small APAC-focused marketing news site.