How the private sector is stepping up in the Philippines’ vaccination drive against COVID-19

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By: GMA News

The private sector is shouldering the storage costs for all COVID-19 vaccines entering the country, whether procured by the government or by private firms, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Ma. “Joey” Concepcion III said.

“All the vaccines that are arriving, whether it’s ours or the government’s, we are shouldering all the costs,” Concepcion told GMA News Online in a phone interview on Tuesday.

Paying for the cost of storing the vaccines—some of which will require ultra-low temperature storage—is just one of the ways the business sector is helping the government in its drive to achieve herd immunity by vaccinating a sizable proportion of the Philippines’ population against the coronavirus.


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