By: Elena Grace Flores
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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.