Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque has said that President Rodrigo Duterte will sell government properties if needed in order to buy COVID-19 vaccines when they become available.
“Basta po mayroon ng gamot diyan sa COVID-19, basta may bakuna, ibebenta natin lahat ng ari-arian ng gobyerno para makabili po tayo para sa ating mga kababayan,” Secretary Roque said. “Iyan po ang paninindigan ni Presidente – buhay muna bago ari-arian.”
Secretary Roque was asked during July 3 press briefing if the government is open to buying other foreign-made COVID-19 vaccines if they are produced ahead of vaccines being developed by partners of the Philippine government.
This is after Pfizer and BionenTech potential COVID-19 vaccine has reportedly yielded positive data.