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Mayor Bing orders city finance team to look for money for vaccines

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Mayor Evelio Leonardia has ordered the finance team here to look for fund sources that will be used to buy COVID19 vaccines after the local council authorized Leonardia to contract with pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca, one of the makers of a vaccine against the virulent disease.

"Astra Zeneca headquarters in Mölndal, Southern Gothenburg (Sweden)" by Bjoertvedt is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
“Astra Zeneca headquarters in Mölndal, Southern Gothenburg (Sweden)” by Bjoertvedt is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

City Administrator Em Ang told DNX Leonardia had, as of yesterday afternoon, “already instructed the finance team to look into all possible sources of funding that can be made available for the procurement of vaccines.”

Leonardia’s order came after the council here authorized him to contract with AstraZeneca for COVID vaccines manufactured by the pharmaceutical firm.

Vice-Mayor El Cid Familiaran, sought for comment by DNX, said there are” many” possible sources of funds, among these the general fund, the surplus of the Special Education Fund, and realignment of projects.

Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.

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