MMDA Considers Use of EDSA Bus Lanes to Transport COVID-19 Vaccine Faster
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is considering the use of EDSA bus lanes to make the transportation of the COVID-19 vaccine faster.
MMDA Chief Benhur Abalos said that using the bus lanes in EDSA is a seamless delivery of the critical vials as the COVID-19 vaccines from the Chinese Firm Sinovac are expected to arrive in the country.
The vaccine vials are set to be transported from the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City to the Department of Health’s medical facility in Marikina and the Veteran’s Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City.
To make the transport faster, Abalos said the public press briefing that they are considering using EDSA’s innermost lanes, which are exclusive for buses and emergency vehicles or the lanes beside them.
According to the report of ABS-CBN News, the vaccines will be transported through six 40-foot container vans. Abalos added that Police and MMDA enforcers who will escort the vans are ready.
Also, towing vehicles will be on standby. The MMDA will also enforce the same protocol when the next batch of vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca through the COVAX facility of the World Health Organization, and the doses government have secured through deals, arrive.
Abalos said the route for Sinovac vaccine transport has been set but did not provide details. He reminded motorists to avoid in case they see the vaccine convoy.
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