Malacañang on Wednesday said it has opted to keep the country’s “population protection” from Covid-19 target in Metro Manila and nearby areas before the end of the year.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the national government is determined to prove wrong the report by United Kingdom-based think tank Pantheon Macroeconomics that the Philippines would be among the last to reach herd immunity.
“Our goal remains the same. We will prove them wrong because our goal remains the same—within the year. So that’s the challenge,” Roque said in a media interview in Parañaque City.
Roque said the Philippines can achieve population protection by yearend when the country ramps up its daily vaccination rate.
“We will prove them wrong. And I think the basis of the think tank must have been our pace of vaccination early on where we only had Sinovac and a few doses of AstraZeneca. But more vaccines have arrived and more are scheduled to arrive,” he said partly in Filipino.
He said recent data showed the country has breached its daily vaccination rate from 320,000 to 350,000 in “just a matter of days.”
“So, as you can see we have the ability to vaccinate and we’re just waiting for a lot of supply,” he added in Filipino.