EU assures PH to receive COVID-19 vaccines amid export restrictions
Aileen Cerrudo • February 3, 2021 • 415
MANILA, Philippines—The European Union (EU) assured to provide the Philippines with COVID-19 vaccines.
This was after President Rodrigo Duterte claimed that the EU has been holding up AstraZeneca vaccines by imposing export restrictions on various countries.
In a statement, the EU assured that Philippines is not among the countries with exportation restrictions. It also vowed to keep its promise of delivering COVID-19 vaccines to low and middle-income countries.
“The authorization mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines include a wide range of exemptions from prior authorization, to ensure the EU continues to fully honor its commitments to deliver the vaccine to our direct neighborhood and to 92 low and middle-income countries, including the Philippines, covered by the COVAX facility,” the EU said in a statement.
During his public address on Monday (February 1), Duterte said it is easy for the EU to restrict COVID-19 vaccines by imposing new measures, making it difficult for countries like the Philippines to get vaccines.
“Iyong AstraZeneca, hinostage ng European Union, (AstraZeneca was held hostage by the European Union),” he said.
“We are not really as powerful as the EU, wala tayong connection, wala tayong pera (we don’t have connections, we don’t have money) Duterte added.” AAC
Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro has expressed concern over the low turnout of healthcare workers (HCW) during the second day of the national COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
From the 1,500 frontline workers from the Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center (ARMMC) who were pre-qualified to receive the vaccine, only 130 actually got vaccinated on Tuesday (March 2) at the Marikina Sports Center.
Teodoro said several health workers changed their minds to wait for the next batch of vaccines that will arrive in the country.
He also said he was willing to get vaccinated first to boost the confidence of health workers in Marikina; however, he was declined.
Testing Czar Vince Dizon said mayors are not yet permitted to receive the COVID-19 vaccine since it will be allotted for frontline health workers.
“Mababa ngayon ang reception, mababa ang tiwala. Iyong marami kapag tinatanong mo, ang sa sinasabi nila, gusto nilang magpabakuna pero gusto nilang makatiyak sa kaligtasan nito (There is low reception, low confidence. Most of them say they would want to get vaccinated if its safety is assured),” Teodoro said. -AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)
MANILA, Philippines — The number of recipients on Day-1 of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Metro Manila has exceeded the expectation of the Inter-Agency Task Force Against COVID-19 (IATF).
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said this is a solid proof of the success of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Program.
Based on the tally reported to Malacañang, the first day of the vaccine rollout yielded 756 vaccinees from six hospitals in Metro Manila:
UP-Philippine General Hospital (PGH), 128
Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center & Sanitarium, 85
Lung Center of the Philippines, 20
Veterans Memorial Medical Center, 353
Victoriano Luna Medical Center, 60
PNP General Hospital, 110
Prior to Day-1, only less than one hundred frontline workers in PGH volunteered to be vaccinated.
“Naging napakatagumpay po ng Day-1 ng ating national vaccination program. Kung sana po lahat po ay nagdiwang. May iba pa pong naiyak sa tuwa nung nakita nilang nagpapabakuna si Dr. Gap Legaspi,” Roque said. —/mbmf (with details from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines — Sinimulan na rin ngayong araw (March 2) ang pagbabakuna sa mga healthworker sa Pasay City General Hospital (PCGH) gamit ang inisyal na 300 doses ng Sinovac vaccine na ipinadala ng national government.
Unang nagpabakuna sa nasabing ospital si DILG Usec. Jonathan Malaya. Aniya, ito ay upang makahiyakat sa publiko na magpabakuna rin.
“Papaano mahihikayat yung ating mga kababayan na magpabakuna kung mismong yung gaya namin na humihikayat sa kanila ay hindi nagpapabakuna. Kaya namin ginagawa ito” sabi ni Malaya.
Sinabi rin ni Usec. Malaya, nangako ang Department of Interior and Local Government na magpapadala ito ng karagdagang 5,000 doses ng bakuna sa PCGH.
Dagdag pa ni Malaya, batid ng pamahalaan ang hamon sa lungsod ng Pasay kung paano nito nilulutas ang pagkalat pa ng COVID-19 sa lungsod. Kaya nais ng pamahalaan na mabakunahan ang lahat ng frontliners sa Pasay City.
Ayon naman kay Dr. John Victor de Gracia, ang deputy chief ng clinical service ng PCGH, nasa mahigit 400 ang kanilang empleyado, ngunit nasa 100 lamang ang boluntaryong nagpabakuna ng Sinovac. Karamihan umano sa kanila ang mas piniling magpabakuna sa vaccine na gawa ng Pfizer.
Gayunpaman, malaking tulong na rin sa kanila ang bakunang ipinagkaloob sa kanila ng pamahalaan.
“This is really a big help for us because this is another line of protection for us” sabi ni De Gracia.
Sa ngayon, nasa 77 na barangay na ang isinailalim sa localized enhanced community quarantine .
Tatlo rin sa mga nagpositibo sa COVID-19 variant na unang natuklasan sa South Africa ay mga residente ng naturang lungsod.
Ngunit ayon kay Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto, gumagaling na ang mga nagpositibo sa COVID-19 variant at bumababa na rin ang positivity rate o ang bilang ng mga nagpositibo sa lungsod.
“Doon sa barangays na may South African variant ay aming uulitin ang pagti-test upang makasigurado tayo doon sa naging positive at doon sa mga na-contat trace natin” sabi ni Mayor Calixto.
Nagdagdag na rin ang DILG ng mga contact tracer upang mas mabilis ang pagtunton sa mga nakasalamuha ng mga nagpositibo sa sakit. — Rey Pelayo
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