Port operator continues pandemic aid with vax donations to LGUs

August 11 2021, 6:11 pm Updated on November 30, 2023, 12:03 am

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MANILA – The ICTSI Foundation, as part of the ICTSI Group’s continuing support to the nationwide vaccination program and in partnership with Bloomberry Resorts Corp. (BRC), has donated 68,300 doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine from their inventory to 12 local government units (LGU) across the country.
The vaccine donations were distributed to the cities of Parañaque, Quezon, Dasmariñas, Sta. Rosa, Iloilo, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro; the provinces of Palawan and Ilocos Norte; and the municipalities of Itogon in Benguet, Jose Panganiban in Camarines Norte, and Balayan in Batangas.   
“We remain firmly committed to the country’s battle against the pandemic. The only way for the economy to recover is to have as many people vaccinated as soon as possible. Now that we are also dealing with the Delta variant, we need to further expedite the country’s vaccination efforts, and for our part, we are helping wherever and however we can,” Christian Gonzalez, ICTSI executive vice president and BRC director, said in a statement Wednesday. 
Last year, ICTSI led the private sector initiative to procure an initial three million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine via an advance market commitment and donated half of the 300,000 doses it purchased to the government. 
The vaccine donations to the LGUs are separate and are part of the company’s own allocation.    
ICTSI also assisted the government in the procurement of more than 20 million doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, the first batch of which arrived in the country last June 27. 
The company committed to fund and oversee the international logistics for the order.  
Another batch from the Moderna vaccine order was delivered to the country last Aug. 8, with some 224,400 doses going to the government. (PR)