Pres. Duterte Speaks on the Alleged Insufficiency of the COVID-19 Vaccines
DUTERTE – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said that there is no enough supply of the COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate the world.
It has been more than a year now since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization (WHO). Many nations are still battling against the disease. Unfortunately, new spikes in the cases in different countries were recently recorded
In the Philippines, the national government decided to place the entire National Capital Region (NCR) and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) again following the spike in the cases of COVID-19.
It was just recently when the quarantine measure was eased to Modified ECQ. The vaccination program is currently ongoing.
The healthcare workers are the first priority in the vaccination ladder. The senior citizens and those who are immuno-compromised are also among the top priorities. However, the COVID-19 vaccines are not enough.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte said that the industrial countries are not ready to release their stocks of the COVID-19 vaccine. He said that “nobody knows” when will the vaccines be enough for the people.
“There’s no sufficient supply to inoculate the world. Matagal pa ‘to. Sabihin ko sa ‘yo marami pang mamamatay dito,” the President said.
Based on the report, Pres. Duterte has recently said that he will “waive” his slot for the COVID-19 vaccine. He wants it given to someone who needs it more. According to the President, the vaccines that PH now has is barely enough for the healthcare workers.
The country eyes to vaccinate 70 million people this year. This April, around 1.5 million vaccines are expected to arrive in the country.
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