A senator has filed a resolution allowing local government units (LGUs) and the private sector to directly purchase vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), instead of executing a tripartite agreement that also involves the national government.
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto’s Senate Resolution No. 617 filed on Wednesday said that allowing LGUs and the private sector to procure their own vaccines is “a regulatory matter which may be temporarily allowed during a pandemic or a state of national health emergency.”
“Allowing the LGUs and the private sector to procure their own vaccines will prevent the spread of the disease and hasten the efforts to further open up the economy which in effect will restore and create more jobs for the people,” he said.
However, Recto said LGUs and the private sector can only acquire Covid-19 vaccines that already have emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has already granted an EUA for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine.
Meanwhile, Senator Imee Marcos made an urgent call for the government to immediately start its Covid-19 vaccination drive.
“As of today, there has yet to be a clear roadmap as to how every Filipino can be vaccinated. However, the decision of the FDA would mean that the Pfizer vaccine can be distributed to Fiiipinos in a matter of weeks, with health and pandemic officials targeting an initial rollout by the end of February 2021,” Marcos said in Senate Resolution No. 615 she filed on Monday. SOVEREIGNPH