A laudable plan
THE government’s plan to donate some of its excess coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines to certain needy countries deserves the support of the Filipino people.
Described as laudable, the donation is proof that the country, through concerned offices and agencies, has succeeded in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Yung hindi magagamit at malapit ng mag-expire, ang desisyon diyan ay i-donate sa mga bansang mababa ang vaccine coverage,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
He added: “Maganda naman ang layunin na yan para makatulong din tayo sa mga kapatid natin sa ibang bansa na namamayagpag pa rin ang COVID-19 pero ang supply ng bakuna ay kulang na kulang.”
The possible recipients of these vaccines include Myanmar, Cambodia and African countries, according to Secretary Duque, who is from vote-rich Pangasinan province.
At the same time, the highly-articulate DOH top honcho, a medical doctor by profession, assured the Filipino people that the country has enough COVID-19 vaccines.
The country’s fourth “Bayanihan, Bakunahan,” which aims to speed up the attainment of herd or community immunity in the country, started last Thursday and ends today.
The three-day nationwide undertaking is seen to vaccinate 1.8 million senior citizens across the country.
Unlike in some countries, the number of new COVID-19 cases in the Philippines continues to drop after the inoculation of a good number of its 110 million population.
In fact, this prompted the government to place Metropolitan Manila and other areas across the country under “Alert Level 1″as part of its efforts to reopen the economy.