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Philippines to buy 20 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine

FILE PHOTO: A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a local clinic as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues in Aschaffenburg, Germany, January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will buy 20 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna Inc, the country’s presidential spokesman Harry Roque said on Tuesday.

Moderna’s vaccines adds to the Philippines’ deals to buy a total of 72 million doses from AstraZeneca, Novavax and Sinovac. The Philippines has the second-highest COVID-19 infections and deaths in Southeast Asia, next to Indonesia.

Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Ed Davies

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