The Philippines is “doing good” in its fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) compared to other countries, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday night.
In a pre-recorded public address, Duterte made the remark while praising Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for leading the country’s efforts to respond to the prevailing pandemic.
“Compared with other countries, which is not really the time to make comparisons, but we’re doing good in the fight against Covid. And Secretary Duque is the hero there,” he said.
Citing the health department’s case bulletin, Duterte said it is worth looking at the country’s total Covid-19 recoveries instead of just the total number of infections.
As of Monday, health authorities recorded 7,255 new Covid-19 cases bringing the total active cases to 69,466. Covid-19 recoveries increased to 975,234 with the addition of 9,214 new recovered patients.
“When you try to figure out the actual numbers of the Covid cases, those who were contaminated, recovered and were discharged from the hospital, kindly study how many how many are getting sick and how many are recovering,” he said partly in Filipino.
Duterte assured the public that the government is working “diligently” to slow down the spread of the virus.
“I assure you that we are all working diligently and truthfully. We really want to help,” he said.
While he admitted that the country is far from acquiring enough Covid-19 vaccines to inoculate the target 50 to 70 million Filipinos, Duterte noted that more vaccines are coming.
“We still have to have the vaccines in numbers because we have plenty of Filipinos to vaccinate,” he said.
The country now has three brands of Covid-19 vaccines in its inventory namely “Sputnik V” from Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, “CoronaVac” from China’s Sinovac Biotech, and “AstraZeneca” from a British-Swedish manufacturing company of the same name.
He is also optimistic of the government’s procurement of vaccines from different manufacturers. SOVEREIGNPH