Another P90 billion will be needed next year for the procurement of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
In a meeting between Senate leaders and the country’s pandemic czars, it was proposed that the P90 billion be included in the regular budget of the Department of Health (DOH).
The meeting was between Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Senator Panfilo Lacson, and National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., testing czar Vince Dizon and contact tracing czar Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong.
“Tito and I had a good meeting with three czars last night to discuss red tape issues and the funding needs hounding the country’s fight against Covid. With proper budget and lots of help from the business sector and LGU’s, herd immunity may yet still be achieved. Cooperation is key,” Lacson said in a Twitter post.
The P90 billion proposed is a bit bigger than the P82.5 billion approved for the government’s Covid-19 vaccination program this year to achieve herd immunity.
While there are a number of Covid-19 vaccines available in the market today, their effectivity in protecting individuals from the virus is six months on the average. SOVEREIGNPH