The commitment of THE ABOITIZ GROUP to the country’s 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response has crossed over P2.2 billion, with the organization being among the businesses that first pledged government assistance at the onset of the pandemic.

In a release, the Aboitiz Group reported that its overall contribution to the national COVID-19 response as of Sunday had reached over P2.2 billion.

The Aboitiz Community claims that good public-private sector cooperation is crucial to our war against COVID-19. We would be able to better ensure that citizens are healthy and shielded from the infection through these vaccinations while keeping our economies moving,” said Sabin M. Aboitiz, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aboitiz Company.

“The Aboitiz Group was one of the first conglomerates to provide assistance and help to the government at the onset of the pandemic, in particular to Cebu and Davao City,” said Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., Presidential Peace Advisor and former general in command of the COVID-19 war strategy.

Mr. Galvez, voicing his appreciation to the organization, said the solution to the virus involved “close collaboration” between the private and public sectors.

In a simulated event last Friday, the Aboitiz Company was one of the firms that inked a tripartite deal to partner with the government and UK-based drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc to supply Filipinos with 2.6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses.

The vaccinations procured would be deployed by the Health Department and provided to front-line government staff and employees in the private sector. It is estimated that two doses of the vaccine would cost about P500 or $10.

Joey A. Concepcion, founder of Presidential Advisor for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo, who was present during the signing of the tripartite deal, said he wanted the vaccinations to arrive next year by May or June.

Meanwhile, President Lotis Ramin of AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines, Inc. said the organization is “acting closely with regulatory authorities across the globe to offer solutions to end the pandemic.”

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