- Pres. Rodrigo Duterte will be allowing the emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine
- The President has also approved an advance payment for the purchase of the vaccines
- This was revealed by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Tuesday
- Pfizer and Moderna already reported that they have achieved 95% and 94.5% efficacy respectively on their vaccines
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque revealed Tuesday that the President has already given his go signal on the emergency use of coronavirus vaccines and that he has also agreed to make an advance payment to the developers of the vaccines.
This came after drug companies have already announced that they were able to achieve success in their trials of the vaccine.
Two prominent pharmas that are close to achieving 100% efficacy are Pfizer and Moderna, with 95%, as per New York Times, and 94.5% efficacy respectively.
The executive order for the emergency use of the vaccine will still be issued by the President. Roque said that the President will be issuing it.
Meanwhile, DOH Sec. Francisco Duque on Xave Gregorio's Philstar's report said that the executive order is already with the President waiting for his signature.
As for the advance payment, Jamaine Punzalan of ABS-CBN News said that the President previously noted that if the country will not agree to an advanced payment as requested by the pharmas developing the vaccine, the country might fall behind.
The race to find a vaccine has become very important today as coronavirus cases around the world, including the Philippines, continue to rise. The government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
Doctors have died after being infected by COVID-19. They are among the frontliners who attend to the patients rushing to hospitals amid pandemic.
The COVID-19 outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. The Philippines has slowly eased quarantine measures and Filipinos are starting to adapt to the new normal.
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