“Nakailang loan na tayo sa vaccine, bakit hanggang ngayon wala pang vaccine?” Senator Ping Lacson said in an interview with TeleRadyo, January 5.
He also noted that it is high time the Department of Health (DOH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) show a sense of urgency in procuring COVID vaccines.
“Why don’t they exercise their power to issue a compassionate special permit? Their officials keep claiming they are still conducting studies. Mamamatay tayo sa ka-study eh,” Senator Lacson said.
“We have to start the rollout of the vaccines soonest. Kahiya-hiya ang nangyayari sa atin,” he added.
Lacson also cited a friend who had dinner with Chinese ambassador Huang Xilian recalled the envoy’s observation that while some Philippine officials indicated they want to procure vaccines from China, no one wanted to commit.
Without such a commitment from Philippine officials to procure China-made vaccines, Lacson noted “China may allocate them to other countries.”
He also said it is shameful that the prospective entry of vaccines to the Philippines stemmed from the initiative of the private sector instead of the government.
“Isn’t it disgusting that the private sector is taking the lead to bring in vaccines? This should put the government to shame, especially considering that the Department of Finance has announced multimillion-peso loans for vaccines,” he said.