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Philippines targets 60 million Citizens for vaccination

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AP, Manila :

Philippine officials say about 60 million Filipinos are being targeted for vaccination against the coronavirus next year at a cost of more than 73 billion pesos ($1.4 billion) to develop considerable immunity among a majority of Filipinos.
Carlito Galvez Jr, who oversees government efforts to secure the vaccines, said late Monday that negotiations were underway with four Western and Chinese pharmaceutical companies, including US-based Pfizer Inc. and China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd., to secure the vaccines early next year. One company based in the UK, AstraZeneca, can commit to supply up to 20 million vaccines, he said.
"We will target the most vulnerable and the poorest communities in areas that were affected," Galvez said, addressing who would be prioritised for vaccination.
President Rodrigo Duterte said he wanted police and military personnel to be prioritised for their many sacrifices, including in disaster-response work. "I need healthy military and police because if they all get sick there's nobody I can rely on," he said.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the country needs to have 60 percent to 70 percent of the more than 100 million Filipinos inoculated to attain "herd immunity."
The Philippines has had more than 420,000 confirmed cases, the second-most in Southeast Asia behind Indonesia, and 8,173 deaths.

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