Manila Bulletin

Gov’t has set aside funds for COVID vac­cines – Go

- By MARIO B. CASAYURAN Politics · Vaccines · Medical Treatments · Rodrigo Duterte · Philippines · Philippine National Police · Quezon City · Quezon, Bukidnon · Namibia · Saudi Arabia · Armed Forces of the Philippines · Armed Forces of the Philippines

Sen. Christo­pher “Bong” Go said that the gov­ern­ment had al­ready set aside funds for the pur­chase of COVID-19 vac­cines and is look­ing to se­cure ad­di­tional fund­ing to ex­pand the im­mu­niza­tion pro­gram.

Go, chair­man of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Health and De­mog­ra­phy, re­it­er­ated Pres­i­dent Duterte’s state­ments that the poor and

vul­ner­a­ble sec­tors as well as med­i­cal front­lin­ers and mem­bers of the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) and Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) would be pri­or­i­tized un­der the gov­ern­ment’s plan to al­lo­cate COVID-19 vac­cines once made avail­able.

Go, speak­ing af­ter the turnover of newly ac­quired fire trucks and fire­fight­ing equip­ment in Camp Aguinaldo in Que­zon City, said that while there are funds set aside for the pur­chase of vac­cines, the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion is look­ing for fi­nance man­agers for ad­di­tional fund­ing in case this is not enough.

“Ul­itin ko lang po, pag may­roon na hong vac­cine na avail­able at once de­clared na safe na po itong iturok sa tao ay uu­nahin po ni Pan­gulo Duterte ‘yung mga mahi­hi­rap. Unahin ni Pan­gu­long Duterte ‘yung mga sun­dalo, ‘yung mga front­lin­ers, at ‘yung mga vul­ner­a­ble sec­tor para po mak­a­ba­lik na sila sa kani­lang mga tra­baho at sa nor­mal na pa­mu­muhay (Pres­i­dent Duterte said that once the vac­cine is de­clared safe, the first to be vac­ci­nated would be the poor, sol­diers, front­lin­ers, and those in the vul­ner­a­ble sec­tors so that they would be able to re­turn to their work and to their nor­mal lives),” he said.

Go added that a bud­get has also been pro­vided for the coun­try’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the clin­i­cal tri­als.

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