This handout photo taken on May 1, 2021 and received from the Presidential Communications Operations Office shows workers unloading first batch of the Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine from a plane shortly after arriving at the international airport in Manila. (PCOO Handout via AFP)
MANILA, Philippines — The government needs P20 billion to fund COVID-19 vaccine procurement this year and another P90 billion for next year, officials leading the pandemic response told senators Thursday night.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson told reporters Friday that he and Senate President Tito Sotto met with vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., testing czar Vince Dizon and contact tracing czar Benjamin Magalong the night before to “discuss red tape issues and the funding needs hounding the country’s fight against COVID.”
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