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NO SECOND DOSE YET FOR PRESIDENT DUTERTE

PALACE: Not yet fully vaccinated

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives his first shot of COVID-19 vaccine, Monday, May 3, 2021. Senator Bong Go looks on as Health Secretary Francisco Duque III administers the vaccine. (Photo courtesy of Senator Bong Go) / File

Malacañang on Friday evening (June 25) issued a clarification that President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to receive his second shot of COVID-19 vaccine, following his security chief’s remark that he is already fully vaccinated. 

 
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Presidential Security Group (PSG) Commander Jesus Durante III already rectified his initial statement and apologized for it.

The Delta Plus variant that has spread from India to 11 countries with 200 cases is not yet a variant of concern (VOC), a health expert in Manila said.

In a televised public briefing of Laging Handa, Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco-dela Paz, executive director of the University of the Philippines Manila – National Institutes of Health, said the World Health Organization (WHO) in its latest epidemiological report has not identified the Delta Plus variant, an emerging form of the Delta variant of COVID-19 as a VOC.

According to the WHO, a VOC is a family of coronavirus with mutations causing threats against public health as it is more trans

In a televised public briefing of Laging Handa, Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco-dela Paz, executive director of the University of the Philippines Manila – National Institutes of Health, said the World Health Organization (WHO) in its latest epidemiological report has not identified the Delta Plus variant, an emerging form of the Delta variant of COVID-19 as a VOC.

According to the WHO, a VOC is a family of coronavirus with mutations causing threats against public health as it is more trans

“Gen. Durante was mistakenly informed by his medical staff that a second dose was already administered to the President.  Further, Gen. Durante has admitted, apologized and rectified his earlier remarks,” Roque said.

Durante earlier said in an interview with People’s Television Network that  Duterte had his second jab 14 days after his first dose inoculation of Sinopharm on May 3.

The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the emergency use authorization (EUA) application for the 1,000 Chinese-donated Sinopharm vaccine doses on June 7.

The PSG assured the continued enforcement of security and health protocols until the last day of the administration. There are currently no reports saying the Chief Executive has tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

“We never put our guard down from the very beginning. And we are proud to say that the President remains safe from the virus,” Durante said.

In line with Duterte’s upcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA), the commander said they have yet to announce whether physical attendees have to be fully vaccinated to be allowed entry. 

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