The European Union has struck a deal for up to 160 million doses of US firm Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine candidate, the head of the European Commission said on Tuesday, taking the EU's potential stock of COVID-19 shots to almost 2 billion.
"Once approved, Pfizer will supply this vaccine during this pandemic phase only to governments across the world based on agreements with respective government authorities and following regulatory authorisation or approval".
The World Health Organization's (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that $4.3bn is urgently needed to support its COVID-19 vaccine access facility COVAX.
He said these companies include Sinovac, Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, and AstraZeneca.
Leaders at the virtual G20 summit said Sunday they would "spare no effort" to ensure fair distribution of coronavirus vaccines, but the united front was punctured by Angela Merkel who voiced concern about slow progress. The tour operator also said it was not procuring or holding any vaccines while soliciting customer registrations.
He noted they will distribute it through a "geographical scheme" wherein they will prioritize areas, which have large incidents of Covid-19 such as the National Capital Region [NCR], Davao, Cebu and Bacolod.
In the run-up to their scheduled meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday to discuss Germany's response to the COVID-19 situation, the minister presidents of the country's federal states called for an extension of the ongoing partial lockdown until December.
In the said areas, the government will prioritize giving the vaccine to the urban poor and other priority sectors such as health-care workers, and government uniformed personnel and their families.
He said he has been traveling around the country reassuring the public that researchers did not safety corners when developing the jab. In order to have an exact assessment of the cold storage capacity required for COVID-19 vaccine programme, the number of doses in each vial, the volume of a vial, etc need to be assessed. "They are not postpaid items, but prepaid".
Meanwhile, a report in the Telegraph news site on Sunday said that Britain could give regulatory approval to Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine this week, even before the U.S. authorises it. These newly proposed Regional Vaccine Stores will also require additional Walk-in-Coolers and Walk-in-Freezers to be supplied, Dr Sudhakar added.
Brunei is in direct negotiations with two of the three companies that are producing the vaccine.