Armed Forces chief Gen. Gilbert Gapay has ordered a probe into the inoculation of members of the Presidential Security Group’s (PSG) of a vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) that has yet to get approval from local regulators.
The military chief wants “a thorough investigation on the factual circumstances surrounding this incident,” said AFP spokesperson Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo in a statement on Thursday evening.
Arevalo maintained that Gapay did not have any hand on the vaccine’s procurement and its use by PSG members.
But the AFP will likely stand by what PSG commander Brig. Gen. Jesus Durante said, which is the troops under his command had to take Covid-19 vaccines to protect President Rodrigo Duterte of infection from the virus.
For this part, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana described the vaccine used by the PSG as “smuggled,” and assured that the rest of the AFP will not follow what the presidential guards and some soldiers did.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has already ordered a probe into the entry and use of the Chinese vaccine used by the PSG.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday said he had directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into how state-owned Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm was able to ship their unapproved Covid-19 vaccines to the Philippines as this could be illegal.
“[This proble] not zeroing in on the PSG or on any particular incident of unauthorized vaccination,” he said. SOVEREIGNPH