Mayor Isko on COVID-19 vaccine delay: “Kaawaan sana tayo ng Diyos”

  • Manila Mayor Isko Moreno expressed his concern that the Philippines has not started its mass inoculation against COVID-19
  • He said that by God’s mercy, he hopes Philippines will soon be among those countries who already have vaccines
  • Mayor Isko added that he will continue to trust the authorities to fulfill their duties to the Filipinos

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno aired his reaction on the delays of the COVID-19 vaccine delivery in the country.

Image by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno via Facebook

On his official Facebook page, Mayor Isko expressed his concern that the government has yet to begin its mass vaccination while other countries such as Bangladesh have already started.

“Marami nang bansang napabalita na nagbabakuna na, pati Bangladesh, pati ang bansang Myanmar na may kudeta, nagbabakuna na,” he wrote.

Mayor Isko appealed that may God’s mercy be among us; that the Filipinos will be given a chance to be vaccinated.

“Kaawaan sana tayo ng Diyos na mabigyan na ng pagkakataon ang ating bansa ng bakuna. Hindi naman kaila na ang bakuna ay nasa mundo na,” he stated.

Mayor Isko went on to share his hope that the Philippines will soon be among the countries who will start its mass inoculation. He remarked, “200 million na po ang nabakunahan sa buong mundo as per record — sana maging 201, at ‘yung 1 ay mula na sa Pilipinas.”

Image by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno via Facebook

In the end, Mayor Isko clarified that he will continue to trust the authorities in fulfilling their duties to allay the fears of the public. “Ngunit ako’y patuloy na nananalig at naniniwala na tutupdin ng mga taong nakatalaga sa pamahalaan sa kanilang tungkulin upang tugunan, maibsan ang pangamba ng mamamayan,” Mayor Isko said.

Recently, the local government of Manila was able to successfully launch their COVID-19 vaccination simulation exercise at the Ospital ng Tondo. Among those who attended the simulation were medical frontliners of the hospital. The initiative was part of the Manila government’s preparation for the mass vaccination of its residents.

Read: Maynila nagbigay ng paunang bayad para sa 800,000 doses ng AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines

“In line with the City of Manila’s COVID-19 mass vaccination roadmap, Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso authorized the release of P38.4 million from the city’s budget on Friday, February 19. The amount is a 20 percent advance payment for 800,000 doses of British–Swedish multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca’s vaccine.”