The Philippine Ambassador to the United States on Sunday said that he may be partly faulted for the derailed deal to procure 10 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), which could have been delivered to the country in January next year.
In a radio interview, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Romualdez said he should have called Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd directly to have the Confidentiality Disclosure Agreement (CDA) signed so the deal with Pfizer could be expedited.
”Sinasabi ko nga, maybe I can share the blame kung ano ang nangyari. Dapat nga tinawagan ko na mismo si Sec. Duque (What I can say is, maybe I can share the blame on what happened. I should have directly called Sec. Duque),” he said.
“Dapat sana tinawagan ko, pwede ko sabihin, ‘Secretary, kailangan na natin pirmahan muna ‘yan para at least pwede natin masabi (I should have called him up, and possibly told him ‘Secretary, we need to have that signed,’ that at least we can say),” Romualdez added.
Romualdez was the one who tried to iron out the Pfizer deal with the help of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. However, according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, “somebody dropped the ball” on the negotiations, averring to the non-submission of the CDA.
Senator Panfilo Laccson said it was Duque who derailed the deal with Pfizer by not submitting the CDA. SOVEREIGNPH