TESTING chief Vince Dizon, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. and Health Secretary Francisco Duque, who make up the government task force against the pandemic, are all smiles as they pose at the cargo bay of the Chinese military plane that brought in the Sinovac vaccines at the Villamor Air Base.
In order to boost public confidence in the newly-arrived Covid-19 vaccines, officials involved in the government response to the Covid-19 pandemic will be at the forefront of the nationwide inoculation program, according to Senator Christopher “Bong” Go.
In an interview Sunday, Go said no less than vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and testing czar Vince Dizon are set to simultaneously receive a vaccine shot early Monday.
In his column “GOing Forward,” Go expressed gratitude to Beijing for the 600,000 doses of the vaccine generously donated by its neighbor.
The jabs will be able to accommodate 300,000 individuals who will receive the vaccines based on the list provided by the National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups.
“Indeed, this development is a testament to the enduring friendship and cooperation between the Philippines and China during these difficult times,” he added. “We are very grateful for this generous gesture.”
Go said the government will continue to work hard to acquire more vaccines.
“I am pleased to say that the arrival of the first batch will finally jumpstart the vaccination program of our government. We want this to be done in a timely and orderly manner,” he added.
The former presidential assistant pointed to President Duterte’s independent foreign policy as a favorable factor in nurturing relations with many countries and multi-lateral organizations resulting to closer working partnerships in defeating the pandemic.
The government is looking forward to procuring more vaccines produced by other countries including 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca which was supposed to arrive today but will have to be rescheduled next week.
For his part, Go said that as a senator, he will continue to support and champion legislation to ensure as much as possible that “our people will be able to receive safe and effective vaccines, based on the rollout program.”
He cited President Duterte’s signing of the Covid-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021, which the senator also co-authored and co-sponsored.
“The law will expedite the vaccine procurement process, empower LGU to secure vaccines for their constituents, and create an indemnity fund in case of possible adverse effects of the vaccines, which is a requirement of vaccine manufacturers,” he explained.
Go then cited the importance of a whole-of-nation approach in fighting the pandemic.
“All branches of government, all sectors in society and all our partners in the international community must work together and cooperate to fortify our response,” he said.
“While we work hard to secure vaccines, we also remain committed to helping struggling Filipinos and unburdening them from the challenges caused by the pandemic and other crisis situations,” he added.
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