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DOLE Offers Filipino Nurses To UK, Germany If They Agree To Donate Vaccines To PH

DOLE OFFERS FILIPINO NURSES – Amid the coronavirus pandemic, countries are striving to secure themselves much-needed vaccines.

Currently, rich and powerful nations such as the United States have early access to the vaccines. However, this leaves countries like the Philippines to go through other methods of procurement.

As such, Alice Visperas, the director of the Labor Department’s International Affairs Bureau said the PH was willing to lift the “medical professional cap” in exchange for vaccines.

DOLE Offers Filipino Nurses In Exchange For Vaccines From UK

Currently, the limit is set to only 5,000 medical professionals leaving the Philippines per year. We are considering the request to lift the deployment cap, subject to agreement”, Visperas says.

Furthermore, the director said that the vaccines would be used to inoculate outbound workers and hundreds of thousands of Filipinos returning from abroad.

Britain and Germany both have high numbers of COVID-19 infections. As of writing, Britain has the sixth-highest COVID-19 death toll. Meanwhile, Germany has the 10th most coronavirus infections worldwide.

However, according to an article from ABS-CBN, the British embassy in Manila had yet to give a response to the issue. Likewise, comments from Germany were also left unanswered.

But, because of the announcements, several nurse groups of the Philippines responded negatively. As per the article, the Filipino Nurses United said:

We are disgusted on how nurses and healthcare workers are being treated by the government as commodities or export products

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