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Cainta cancels deal with Chinese drug maker

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The Cainta municipal government, the richest town in the Philippines, has stopped negotiating with a Chinese vaccine supplier when its residents aired on social media their opposition toward getting coronavirus vaccines from China.


Cainta Mayor Kit Nieto heeded his constituents’ demand not to purchase Chinese vaccines, like pharma firm Sinovac’s CoronaVac, which has varying efficacy rates ranging from just 50% to over 90% in different trials around the world. They have not yet published results of its Phase 3 trials in a peer-reviewed journal.


Even vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said that it is still possible to call off the purchase of Sinovac vaccines based on these considerations.


Nieto said that he has directed the town’s Covid19 vaccine documentation team to end talks with the Chinese vaccine supplier and to secure other vaccine sources.


The mayor said the town is only engaging in talks with other vaccine manufacturers to ensure that every Cainta resident gets the shot.


On Wednesday, Jan. 13, Nieto announced that Cainta has initially allocated P150 million for coronavirus shots of AstraZeneca, a Swiss drug-maker, for the possible supply of its Covid19 vaccine developed at Oxford University.


The mayor, however, did not name the Chinese vaccine manufacturer his town was dealing with previously. The two leading pharmaceutical firms in Beijing developing coronavirus vaccines are Sinovac Biotech Ltd. and China National Pharmaceutical Group Co., Ltd.

Photo: ISKUP


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