Bukidnon eyes to buy P300-M COVID vaccines

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MALAYBALAY CITY (19 January 2021/BukidnonNews.Net) The Provincial Government of Bukdinon (PGB) is allotting P300 million in its plan to procure 1.2 million dosses of vaccines for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. told Bukidnon mayors and heads of offices of the provincial government that his preferred vaccines are those produced by AstraZeneca, a British-Swedish pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical firm based in Cambridge, England. 

The governor spoke in a program at the Kaamulan Folk Arts Theatre on January 18.  

Sen. Juan Miguel F. Zubiri said in a phone message to this reporter that he is optimistic the vaccine will be avialble in April or May 2021.

Reportedly, a dose of the vaccine costs up to US$10 or about P600.  It was not officially known how many residents does the local government intends to include in this vaccination plan.  Earlier, LGU Valencia has allocated P20 million to buy vaccines for their residents.

Vice Gov. Rogelio N. Quiño and some members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) also were present during the program. Board member Nemesio Beltran Jr, however, said the governor is yet to articulate his preference on the source of the vaccines before the SP. (Mel B. Madera/BukidnonNews.Net correspondent)

Image: Courtesy of the AstraZeneca website

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