Lacson: Ambassador Teodoro Locsin is keeping his temper on the vaccine talks.
Someone Drops the Ball on Vaccine Negotiation
Senator Panfilo Lacson said that he already knows who drops the ball during the vaccine negotiation with Pfizer. Locsin and Babe Romualdez initially secured the country 10 million doses of Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine as early as January 2021 to Clark. However, someone interferes and discourages Pfizer. Thus, delaying the process.
DOH Secretary Francisco Duque denies that someone dropped the ball during negotiation. The DOH only verifies the dealings like the confidentiality agreement and others. However, Lacson insinuates that someone mentioned the 50% down payment and failed to submit the confidentiality agreement.
Financed by World Bank and ADB
The original agreement of 10 million doses of Pfizer financed by World Bank and ADB to be shipped thru FEDEX to Clark in January was previously sealed by Locsin and Rumualdez. Now, it may be delayed by March if Duque’s statement is true that the negotiation is still ongoing.
Bongbong Marcos said; We now have a good problem regarding the purchase and distribution of vaccines. However, what matters the most is that the whole world is reaching a solution to end this pandemic. Pfizer of the US is the first to announce a 95% effective Coronavirus vaccine against Covid-19. London’s AstraZeneca is second. Then, Russia and China follow through. They may prioritize their own citizens naturally. But the fact that preventive medicine is already available, the logistics of the storage and monetary deals are somewhat manageable. Of all these immunity substances, only the Pfizer ones need to be frozen. The rest just need normal refrigeration.
50 Million Target
The Philippines aims to have at least 50 million coronavirus vaccine shots next year. Recently it also agrees to buy 2 million doses for AstraZeneca. Marcos points out that once they are made available in the country, the frontliners must have them first. These include the medical workers, police, and professions that are in the front line of service to the people.
Option to Buy
Those who reside in communities that are at a high risk of infection must also receive provisions from the government as a preventive measure, added Marcos. The herd concept says that when around 70% or most of the population are already immune, the virus will naturally disappear. Therefore those who can afford to get the vaccine should avail it at their convenience to help beat the deadly disease. The questions is, how much will it cost initially?
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the Philippine President agrees to pay drugmakers in advance. This is to secure millions of COVID-19 shots. He also approves an executive order. So, vaccines approved overseas for emergency use, can be utilized in the Philippines. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said in a press conference. This explains why there are reports that some medical professionals already got their first dose. Pfizer’s Coronavirus vaccine requires two doses.
The People’s Welfare is First
The Philippines hasthe second highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Southeast Asia. It aims to procure an initial 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. This is to ensure at least a quarter of its 108 million population. Carlito Galvez, a former general who leads the country’s task-force to tackle the pandemic said; the government was in talks with several vaccine makers. Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc. most especially over possible supply deals.
Budget is Enough for Early 2021 Mass Distribution
Duterte assures the public that the budget is sufficient to purchase vaccines. However, he wants a bigger supply in order to inoculate the entire Philippine population. Galvez also added that the vaccines could start arriving between May and July next year. The bulk is likely to come by the end of 2021 or early 2022.
Watch Senator Imee Marcos as she speaks with DWIZ’s Edwin Eusebio on the program ‘Balita Na, Serbisyo Pa’ yesterday, August 10.
How Many Would Volunteer to take the Coronavirus Vaccine?
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte accepts an offer for a pending Russian coronavirus vaccine. This is once supply becomes available. He said this soon after discussing a similar deal with China. He hopes that they would be for free but it’s unlikely. However, Senator Imee Marcos has another concern. The Philippines is not the epicenter of Coronavirus in South East Asia alone. According to the UN, the country is also the epicenter of child pornography. A vaccine is not needed here but a stricter implementation of the law.
Child Pornography Law
Senator Marcos confirms that the Child Pornography Law requires TELCOs like Globe and PLDT to filter porn online like any other social media platforms. However, they seem so lax in this area. The government must put pressure on NTC to implement the rules and regulations as requirements to continue operating.
Are Filipinos Too Sexual?
Reports say that due to the lockdown, around 2 million babies are about to be born next year. Then, here comes the identity of being the epicenter of child pornography. The crisis seem to trigger some Filipinos’ sexual attribute. No vaccine can remedy this but perhaps, the nations’ psychiatrists are now more in demand than ever.