American pharmaceutical company Pfizer is planning to ‘ramp up’ its production of COVID-19 jabs and is promising to deliver 10% more doses by the end of May.
The announcement came from its Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla, who took to Twitter to spread the news.
.@Pfizer has ramped up production of our #COVID19 vaccine & can deliver 10% more doses to the US by the end of May than previously agreed (total of 220M) & supply the full 300M agreed on for the end of July two weeks early. In the fight against COVID-19, we’re in this together.— AlbertBourla (@AlbertBourla) April 13, 2021
According to Bourla, they’ll reach 220 million of the negotiated 300 million doses through the next deliveries. He adds that they’re eyeing to hand over the rest of the orders to the US government two weeks before July ends – 14 days before the deadline.
Pfizer’s declaration comes after issues with Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine – Janssen – popped up. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) halted the use of the vaccine after some of the recipients developed ‘blood clotting.’
Yesterday, National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. announced that the national government has reopened negotiations with Pfizer-BioNTech for 20 to 40 million doses of its vaccine.
Galvez said the Department of Justice (DOJ) has reacted favorably to the “indemnity’ and “immunity” clause included in the potential vaccine deal.
“Ang magandang balita po ay nagkaroon tayo ng renegotiation with Pfizer at tinitingnan po natin na baka magkaroon po ito ng kaganapan dahil nagkaroon naman po ng favorable..tinatawag nating comment ang ating DOJ for the indemnity at immunity clause na naroon,” he shared.
The vaccine czar also noted that once the bilateral deal pushes through, Pfizer will provide the Philippines with 2.4 million doses of its vaccine through the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX facility.
Although Pfizer announced a jacking up of production, it’s still unclear whether this will mean faster delivery of vaccines to the Philippines.
At the moment, the government is finalizing negotiations for Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine – ordering 20 million doses. It’s also expected to sign a supply agreement with J&J for 6 million doses of its Janssen jab.
The Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to grant the Janssen vaccine an emergency use authorization (EUA) this week.
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