ISKO VISITS FIRE VICTIMS. Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso greets one of the fire victims with an elbow bump during his visit to the evacuation center at Jose Abad Santos Elementary School in Binondo, Manila on Wednesday (Feb. 24, 2021). Domagoso on the spot gave a job to Jennifer Arizala whose husband and four-year-old son died in a fire that gutted their houses in Parola, Tondo last Feb. 20, 2021.

MANILA, Feb 26 (Mabuhay) — In a best-case scenario, doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will arrive in Manila in March, city mayor Isko Moreno said Friday.

“In the worst-case scenario, ‘yong AstraZeneca will arrive in September, a good scenario is June, a best scenario is March,” he said.

Last week, the city government disbursed 20 percent down payment for the vaccines, amounting to P38.4 million.

Manila has secured 800,000 doses of anti-coronavirus jabs from the British pharmaceutical firm, which will be used to inoculate 400,000 residents.

Moreno reiterated he would get the COVID-19 shots in public.

“Kung ano man ang bakunang dumating, as long as ito ay nagkamit ng EUA o emergency use authority ng FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ay ito’y aming gagamitin. Kung ito ay Sinovac, handa tayong magpabakuna sa mata ng publiko,” he said.

Moreno said around 90,000 residents have pre-registered for the city’s vaccine program. They will receive the COVID-19 vaccine after the priority groups, which will include medical frontliners, the elderly, and teachers.

As of Feb. 25, Manila has logged 27,817 coronavirus infections, of which 26,582 recovered while 802 died from the illness. It has 433 active cases, most of which were recorded in Malate, Sampaloc and Tondo 1. (MNS)

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