DAVAO CITY – The city government here received P1 million worth of check donation from the Tolentino Law Office on Tuesday (March 30).
Mayor Sara Duterte received the donation from lawyer Raul O. Tolentino, Senior Partner of the Tolentino Law Office via virtual conference.
The said donation will be used as an additional fund for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines.
In a previous radio interview, Duterte said the city government has no budget ceiling to purchase COVID-19 vaccines to cover the targeted 1.2 million of the total 1.8 million Dabawenyos.
“Assuming that we have a population of 1.8 million, we need to immunize 1.2 million. If each vaccine has two doses, we would need 2.4 million vaccines and no manufacturer can deliver that to any city. We will talk to as many vaccine makers, especially those who have intent to apply for emergency use authorization or product certification in the Philippines,” she said.
She also revealed that a British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant promised to deliver the supply “by the third quarter of 2021.”
“We got their commitment to give us the opportunity to procure vaccines from them through the city government of Davao funds,” she said referring to AstraZeneca manufacturer.
Since no vaccine maker can deliver the vaccines that would cover the 1.2 million Dabawenyos, the number, which experts said is needed for the city to achieve herd immunity from the deadly coronavirus, the vaccines will be delivered by tranches or batches from various manufacturers.