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Walang iwanan! Corporate giants join hands to ensure COVID-19 vaccine access for all

More than 30 big corporations have signed on to a joint initiative that aims to ensure a fair and equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine.

The corporate giants entered into a deal to purchase at least 2.6 million vaccine doses from British drugmaker AstraZeneca to help the government administer vaccines to millions of Filipinos in a bid to contain the transmission of the virus.

Among these corporations are BDO, ICTSI, Ayala Corp. JG Summit Holdings Corp., San Miguel Corp., Metro Pacific Investments Corp., the Lopez Group, GT Capital, Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Philippine National Bank, Udenna, Filinvest, Jollibee, EastWest Banking Corp., DoubleDragon Properties, Mercury Drug, Wilcon Depot, MerryMart, Century Properties, LBC Express, Penshoppe, Philippine TransMarine Carriers Group, Magsaysay People Resource Corp., Yazaki Torres Manufacturing, Seaoil, Concepcion Industrial Corp. and Bounty Agro Ventures Inc.

SMC president and COO Ramon S. Ang said the company has committed to distribute 150,000 COVID-19 vaccines

“Today is a great day for science and humanity. We, together with government and business leaders, demonstrated a shared commitment to help ensure equitable access of the COVID-19 vaccine to every Filipino and that no one will be left behind.

San Miguel, for its part, will donate vaccines to 150,000 Filipinos. This sparks hope for a better future. More than that, this shows that nothing is impossible if we all work together,” Ang said.

The vaccines to be purchased from AstraZeneca are expected to arrive in
May or June and will cover about one million people.

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