Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd on Monday accepted the challenge of Senator Bong Go to be among the first to be inoculated with the vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“Yes, definitely. That’s no brainer. I’ll take it for as long as it has undergone the scientific evaluation by the DOST’s (Department of Science and Technology) vaccine experts panel and the ethics board review and the FDA’s (Food and Drug Administration) own technical and regulatory evaluation,” Duque said in an television interview onABS-CBN News Channel on Monday.
He added that he is willing to be inoculated with a candidate Covid-19 vaccine that has only obtained an emergency authorization from the FDA.
“Yes, sure (I will get vaccinated). No problem. I can also get and encourage all my fellow Cabinet members, all the other officials of government to join me,” Duque added.Go recently challenged Duque and vaccine czar and Carlito Galvez Jr., the National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief, to be the first in the Philippines to be inoculated with the vaccine against the virus once it becomes available locally, to assure the public of its safety. SOVEREIGNPH