As the country prepares for the anticipated arrival of several batches of vaccines in the coming days, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said the government is exerting all efforts to ramp up and accelerate the national vaccination program while simultaneously ensuring the safety and efficacy of the procured vaccines.
“This is just the start. We need to do more. We need to accelerate the vaccination program in a safe, sure and secure manner,” Go began in an interview on Saturday, February 27.
“Ang gusto ng mahal na Pangulo ay ilalagay [ang mga bakuna] sa strategic places. Of course, sa Visayas, sa mga naka-ready na pasilidad doon sa hospital sa Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (sa Cebu City). Sa Davao City, sa Southern Philippines Medical Center dahil nakapaghanda na rin sila doon…Ang gusto ni Pangulo equitable distribution all over the country,” he continued.
The Senator disclosed President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered the first round of vaccinations to begin by the first week of March with the details of the rollout provided by vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.
“Inatasan ni Pangulo Duterte na sa susunod na linggo umpisahan na agad ang pagtuturok ng mga bakuna, especially sa mga priority [groups] natin, sa mga frontliners, indigent na senior citizens para unti-unti na tayong makabalik sa normal nating pamumuhay,” said Go.
“Itong unang 100,000 sa Sinovac, inilaan ito sa mga sundalo at civilian employees ng [Department of National Defense]. Ready na ang Veterans Memorial Medical Center na mag-conduct ng kanilang pagbabakuna,” he added. The Philippines received its first official supply of vaccines that would jumpstart its inoculation drive against the coronavirus, courtesy of China’s donation of 600,000 shots from Beijing-based drugmaker Sinovac Biotech