AFP confirms PSG members were first to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to protect Duterte

  • The AFP confirmed that the Presidential Security Group (PSG) were the first to have been given the COVID-19 vaccine
  • According to a statement, they said the PSG members needed to protect President Rodrigo Duterte from threats, including against COVID-19
  • Earlier, Duterte revealed that the military were already given doses of Sinopharm vaccine even though it has yet to be approved by the FDA

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) confirmed that members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) were among the firsts who were given the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine.

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To help ensure the safety of President Rodrigo Duterte, the PSG members were inoculated first, according to AFP spokesperson Marine Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo.

In a statement, Arevalo wrote, “As the unit primarily tasked to protect and secure the highest official of the land, the PSG will have to ensure that the President is safe from all threats—including COVID-19.”

“Because the safety of the President equates to national well-being, that security posture should necessarily include protecting the Commander-in-Chief from contracting the deadly virus from those he is constantly exposed to like the members of his security detail,” Arevalo said. He added that even BGen. Jesus Durante, agreed “to try the vaccine.”

Earlier, Duterte admitted that the military were already given doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine even though it has yet to be approved by the FDA. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque also confirmed the information but said that as far as he knows, the vaccines were donated.

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The PSG spokesperson proceeded to thank Duterte for including the military in the priority groups of the COVID-19 mass vaccination.

“We are thankful sa sinabi ng Pangulo na ang Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas ay bahagi po ng unang bibigyan ng bakuna dahil sa katotohanan, ang myembro ng AFP ay kasama sa mga frontliners,” he noted.

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