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PH hopes to set up vax plant by 2022

Philippine News AgencyAugust 27, 2021

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire (File photo)

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is hoping the country's first local vaccine manufacturing site will be established by next year, an official said Friday.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, in a media briefing, said a feasibility study on the Philippines' "Vaccine Self-Reliance Project" is currently ongoing and is slated for completion by November of this year.

Once the study is out, the official said the government may start with other steps to put up the manufacturing facility.

"{W]e are already doing parallel discussions with foreign vaccine manufacturers and local partners and we're with the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Trade and Industry on this, so hopefully once the feasibility study is finished, we can already start doing the other things so that we can set it up by next year," she said in Filipino.

In May, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said several firms expressed their interest to manufacture vaccines locally, but the government cannot disclose their names yet.

These companies are now in talks with potential foreign manufacturers and technology providers from India, South Korea, China, and possibly from the United States and Australia.

If conditions permit, vaccine manufacturing operations may start as early as the fourth quarter of this year or the second or third quarter of 2022. (PNA)

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