President Rodrigo Duterte struck back anew at Vice President Leni Robredo, telling her to “just maybe shut up” about the CoronaVac vaccine if she could not say anything positive about it.
In his weekly pre-recorded briefing on Monday, Duterte accused Robredo for creating doubts over the vaccines sourced from China, or the vice president’s backing the call of some health workers for the Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC) to review Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Such statements, Duterte said, is not helpful as the government needs to convince more people to get vaccinated for Covid-19.
“She did not read the law that says HTAC is just recommendatory. Now, we are fighting because time is of the essence. We were going against the tide of nonbelievers. Let’s not be afraid,” Duterte said, speaking partly in Filipino.
“Instead of the vice president helping, she muddled up everything, creating an uncertainty and doubt in the minds of the people,” he added.
“I hope next time, if she has nothing good to say, she just maybe shut up,” the President said.For his part, Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd, who was present at Monday’s meeting with Duterte, said HTAC already gave a positive recommendation for CoronaVac. SOVEREIGNPH