Allow me to underscore the urgency of learning from the experiences brought about by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic so that we can be more proactive in preparing for other similar crises in the future.
One of the areas in particular, is addressing the country’s limited vaccine supply and heavy reliance on outside sources, preparations and initiatives to locally manufacture vaccines in the Philippines must start now.
The ongoing efforts of the national government, in coordination with the private sector, to boost the Philippines’ capabilities to locally manufacture and eventually develop its own vaccines, must be fast-tracked.
President Rodrigo Duterte himself has instructed concerned public officials to expedite government processes for pharmaceutical companies seeking to locally manufacture Covid-19 vaccines in the country.
Binanggit ko kay Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Mon Lopez na kung sakaling may mag-apply na manufacturing company ay tulungan agad ang mga nais magtatag ng kanilang pasilidad.
Public-private partnerships in manufacturing vaccines locally are most welcome especially if all requirements are met in accordance with existing laws and regulations.
The President and Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a phone conversation both stressed the importance of ramping up vaccine production and Russian desire to lend a hand in disseminating vaccines to as many countries as possible.
The government is expecting to receive 500,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccines from Russia soon. So, ang sinabi naman po ni Russian President Putin, tutulong sila. Bagama’t wala pong pinangakong numero o kailan, inaasahan po natin na darating ang Sputnik V vaccine from Russia.
Kasi po initially, ang ibinigay lang muna nila ay 100,000 kasi pag-aaralan pa ang storage temperarature na kinauukulan. Napakalaking tulong na po ito, pandagdag na sa tuluy-tuloy na pagbabakuna sa ating bansa.
For the long-term, the Department of Science and Technology is presently preparing for the establishment of a virology institute in the Philippines.
These efforts are intended to avoid similar situations where poorer nations are left with fewer supplies of vaccines as compared to richer and more developed countries that have early on invested in health sciences and medical research.
Kakasabi lang ng WHO (World Health Organization) na talagang inequitable po ang distribusyon ng bakuna, so dapat po maghanda tayo. Ang ating gobyerno has allocated PhP50 million in the General Appropriations Act para sa detalyadong engineering design for the institute, planned to be built at the New Clark City in Tarlac province.
Hindi natin alam kung kailan darating itong panibagong pandemya sa buhay natin. Huwag na po yung mabibigla nanaman tayo dahil hindi tayo naging handa.
Mas mabuting proactive na tayo at pag-aralan natin ang lahat ng puwede nating gawin, dahil talagang mahirap pag matamaang muli ng ganitong salot.