“Huwag naman ipagkait”: Palace defends military for receiving unregistered COVID-19 vaccines

  • Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said we shouldn’t deny the soldiers from getting the unregistered COVID-19 vaccines
  • He said it is for the soldiers to be protected
  • Roque said as far as he know the COVID-19 vaccines were donated

Malacañang has defended the military’s use of the unregistered COVID-19 vaccines.

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Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque appealed to the public to accept that the soldiers have already been given the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, there is still no COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in the Philippines by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

Roque said the soldiers were not forced but willingly accepted the unregistered vaccines.

“Huwag n’yo naman pong ipagkait sa ating mga sundalo kung nagkaroon sila ng proteksyon. Tanggapin na lang po natin na importante na ang kasundaluhan, mga nagbabantay sa ating seguridad ay ligtas na sa COVID nang magampanan nila ang kanilang trabaho,” he said in a media briefing.

Roque also clarified that the vaccination is not against the law. “Hindi ipinagbabawal ng batas ang magpaturok ng hindi rehistrado. Ang bawal, ‘yung distribution at pagbebenta,” Roque is quoted by state-run Philippine News Agency as saying.

He said he is unsure of the details of the vaccination but believes it was a donation and was free of charge. He said it “must have been the decision of the commanders and the soldiers.”

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While they didn’t name the brand of the vaccine, President Rodrigo Duterte earlier claimed that “almost all” soldiers have already received a dose of China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine. According to a previously released list of priority groups, the uniformed personnel are fifth.

FDA Director General Eric Domingo already said that they will not be held liable for those who were injected with unregistered vaccines.

“Ang bawal sa Pilipinas ay ang magbenta, import, mag-distribute, at mag-dispense ng unregistered drugs. So once there are illicit activities like this, once we have a problem, ang magkakakaso dito ay importer, distributor, doktor na nagbakuna o healthcare na nagbakuna,” he shared with CNN.

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CMM, CNN, Philstar