- Pres. Rodrigo Duterte declared that government officials, including him, will be the last priority for the COVID-19 vaccination
- He stated that the frontline workers and those from the vulnerable sectors will be prioritized
- The president also defended the decision of the government to use Chinese-made vaccines
- According to him, these vaccines are as effective as those produced by other companies
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte revealed that the government officials, including himself, will be the last priority for the COVID-19 vaccination.
On January 13, Wednesday, the Philippine president reassured that the poor, healthcare workers, social workers, teachers, OFWs, and other frontline workers will be the first in line for the upcoming mass vaccination in the country.
Pres. Duterte also mentioned that government officials, including him, Senator Bong Go, and Sec. Delfin Lorenzana, will be the last to receive the vaccines.
"Huli na kami. Kung may maiwan para sa amin, kay Bong, kay Secretary Lorenzana, kung may maiwan, edi para sa ‘tin. Unahin natin sila," the president said.
The recent statement countered the president’s previous declaration that he would be the first one to get a vaccine once it becomes available in order to get the confidence of the public.
Also, it can be remembered that Sen. Bong Go challenged the Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. to volunteer to be among the first to receive the vaccination to prove its safety.
According to Duterte, there will be no discrimination and he assures that everyone will be vaccinated. He just emphasized that the vulnerable sectors need to be prioritized.
"Wala naman itong diskriminasyon, ang hinabol lang natin dito ay sino yung vulnerable, nutrition-wise, di masyado yung pagkain, walang vitamins, sila yung matamaan if the pandemic will remain as it is,"
Aside from the said announcement, Pres. Duterte also defended the government’s choice to use Chinese-produced COVID-19 vaccines, like Sinovac.
According to the president, these vaccines are equally effective as those created by European and American companies.
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte is the current president of the Philippines. His term will end in 2022.
Contradicting the president’s claim that the Chinese COVID-19 vaccines are also good, Taiwan recently released a statement exposing that China's Sinopharm vaccine has 73 side effects. For this reason, it cannot be avoided that some are being picky when it comes to the vaccine brand to be used on them.
As Vice Ganda stated, Filipinos are even ‘choosy’ when selecting detergents, so how much more when it comes to vaccines?
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