To ensure access to safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong ” Go has challenged Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and vaccine czar Presidential Adviser Carlito Galvez to inject themselves first with the vaccine to allay the fears of some people and build their confidence on its safety and efficacy.
At the Laging Handa on program aired on PTV 4 on Saturday, December 5 from the newly opened Mindanao Media Hub in Davao City, Go said that a national vaccine roadmap has already been prepared for a systematic distribution of the vaccine once it is deemed safe and effective. He encouraged concerned agencies to properly communicate and implement the vaccine program to assure the public that the government is doing its best to restore normalcy amid the ongoing pandemic.
In the rogram, Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado said that they are anticipating the need for a larger budget to procure sufficient vaccines for the country’s population.
He assured, however, that there are several ways the government can secure enough funding for the much needed vaccines.
Go praised members of the private sector who have expressed their intention to help the government in procuring the safest and effective vaccine against COVID-19 once it becomes available in the market. Go said that both the government and the private sector are working together to ensure access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.