Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is no longer accepting orders for its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines from the Philippines, Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Jose Maria Concepcion 3rd said on Tuesday.
Concepcion said the government is helping the private sector secure doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Novavax.
“‘Yung AstraZeneca wala nang ma-supply. ‘Yung 17 million, yun na yung huling order. Kinausap ko sila sa batch 3, ayaw na nila kasi talagang kulang na kulang ang supply nila sa Europe (AstraZeneca also has no supply. The order for 17 million doses is the last one. I talked to them about possibly getting a third batch of orders but they refused since their supply in Europe is really lacking),” he said.
Even Moderna has stopped accepting vaccine orders, Concepcion said.
“So dito na lang sa Novavax, isang magaling na vaccine ang puwede nilang— habang maaga pa, mag-order na sila (So they should just order from Novavax, a good vaccine maker, while it is still early),” he added.
The Philippine government, private sector and local government units (LGUs) earlier signed a tripartite agreement to secure 17 million doses from AstraZeneca.
Some 300 companies and 39 LGUs pitched in for the purchase of these vaccines.
Moderna and Novavax are American biotechnology firms while AstraZeneca is a British pharmaceutical company. Novavax is manufactured in India.