Philippines to buy 20 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

January 19, 2021 - 1:43 PM
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The Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is displayed at CHU Tivoli hospital in La Louviere, Belgium, January 18, 2021. (Reuters/Yves Herman)

MANILA — The Philippines will buy 20 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna Inc, the country’s presidential spokesman Harry Roque said on Tuesday.

Moderna’s vaccines adds to the Philippines‘ deals to buy a total of 72 million doses from AstraZeneca, Novavax and Sinovac. The Philippines has the second-highest COVID-19 infections and deaths in Southeast Asia, next to Indonesia.

—Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales Editing by Ed Davies