- Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri along with other lawmakers filed a measure seeking to expedite the purchase and administration of COVID-19 vaccines
- He lamented how frustrating it is that other countries have begun their mass vaccination while we have yet to start
- Under their proposed measure, the DOH and National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) will be allowed to make negotiations on the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines and LGUs will be allowed to purchase vaccine for their residents
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri couldn’t help but lament the ‘delayed’ COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the Philippines.
Zubiri admitted feeling emotional when countries like Bangladesh have begun their mass inoculation campaigns while the Philippines has yet to start.
He was quoted by ABS-CBN saying, “Nabasa ko ang Bangladesh nagbabakuna na. Biro mo? Gusto ko na talaga umiyak nang todo todo pero pinipigil ko lang. Nakikita mo naman sa mata ko, dahil sa frustration sa nangyayari sa atin.”
Zubiri admitted he has been praying for the fast delivery of vaccines in our country. He also urged the public to do the same. “Kaya, nagdadasal po ako. Let us make it our sacrifice to work together para maipasok na natin ang mga bakunang ito, once and for all,” he continued.
Meanwhile, Zubiri – along with other lawmakers – have filed a measure seeking to expedite the purchase and administration of COVID-19 vaccines and establish a P500-million indemnity fund.
Zubiri’s filed Senate Bill 2057 that seeks to authorize the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) to make negotiations on the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines and the ancillary supplies and services for their storage, transport, and distribution.
It will also allow local government units to purchase COVID-19 vaccines and necessary supplies and services in cooperation with the DOH and NTF.
Zubiri stated, “We need to expedite our procurement because we are in a race against the clock. We need mass inoculation and herd immunity as soon as possible.”