Over 200 companies to pitch in for PH's second batch of AstraZeneca vaccines – Concepcion

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 20)— More than 200 private companies have expressed support for the country's procurement of additional AstraZeneca vaccines for COVID-19, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion said on Sunday.

In a statement, Concepcion said more companies are already "expressing their pledge and interest" for the sector's initiative, following the announcement of the approved second batch order from the British drug maker.

"When they told me that, the number of calls and inquiries from the private sector were increasing. Although we expected it somehow, we were happy that more and more private sector partners are now taking their part in this initiative ending the war against COVID-19," Concepcion said.

Companies expected to contribute include the Ayala Corporation, which confirmed for 400,000 doses, and Palawan Pawnshop, which ordered 100,000 doses, among others.

Last week, Concepcion confirmed that AstraZeneca has approved the private sector's request for the procurement of a second batch of vaccines, which will be on top of the 2.6 million doses it earlier secured through a ₱600-million donation.

Concepcion earlier said the sector will be targeting to secure about five million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in total.