President Rodrigo Duterte attributed the significant drop in Covid-19 infections to the government’s immunization drive.
In his taped Talk to the People delivered Monday night, Duterte viewed as “good news” the apparent decline in Covid-19 cases because of high vaccination turnout.
“There is a drop in infections because of the vaccine. So, the number of infection rate drops because only a few are unvaccinated. So, that’s the good news,” Duterte said in Filipino.
For the past days, the Philippines recorded lower Covid-19 cases despite the presence of the more transmissible Delta coronavirus variant.
On Monday, the new Covid-19 infections cases recorded in the country were only 8,292, the lowest posted since August this year.
Duterte maintained that the only solution to defeating Covid-19 is to inoculate the majority of Filipinos.
He expressed confidence that with the intensified vaccination campaign, the country will have a “better and truly merry Christmas.”
“If we continue to ramp up the vaccination of our people, along with our consistent practice of mask – do not remove that – wearing of mask, handwashing, and social distancing, and may with the gradual resumption of our economic activities, then we can hope for a better and truly merry Christmas,” Duterte said partly in Filipino.
He then renewed his call for those eligible to get vaccinated to protect themselves against the coronavirus amid the prevailing pandemic.
He made the appeal anew, as he acknowledged that there are still some Filipinos who are hesitant to receive the vaccine.
“Just follow my advice because that will ease our burden. Get vaccinated. I know many still do not want to get inoculated,” Duterte said.
Duterte told his fellow Filipinos to grab the opportunity to get vaccinated against Covid-19, especially now that the country has an adequate vaccine supply.
“We have enough vaccines. Many vaccines are being delivered to the country,” he said in Filipino. “We will make use of that so that we can help the country and our fellow human being.”
As of Monday, a total of about 50 million coronavirus vaccine doses have already been administered nationwide, based on the National Covid-19 Vaccination Dashboard uploaded on the official website of the Department of Health.
Around 23.360 million individuals have been fully vaccinated, while 26.706 million others have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.