- President Rodrigo Duterte predicted that normalcy would return in the country by 2023 with the grace of God
- With the arrival of the country’s first batch of Sinovac vaccines, Duterte assured they will speed things up to ensure rollout of vaccines across the country
- He stressed that time is of the essence because the lives of Filipinos are at stake
President Rodrigo Duterte said that Filipinos might start feeling a sense of normalcy by 2023.
The President admitted that he is looking at two more years before the Philippines will finally be back to normal following the pandemic. The statement came just as the country received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines and began its mass inoculation.
When asked for an estimate of when the Philippines could return to normalcy, Duterte answered, “In about maybe early — mga year 20 — year ’23, not the ’22.”
“Early in the first — maybe [the] first or second quarter of year 23, 2023, baka sa tulong ng Diyos,” he added.
Earlier, Carlito Galvez Jr, Chief Implementer of the National Task Force on COVID-19, had also made the same prediction that the economy would recover and normalcy might happen by 2023.
With the arrival of Sinovac vaccines in the country, Duterte assured that the government will speed things up to ensure the timely rollout of the vaccines in the country.
“Ito ngayon hanggang katapusan ng buwan, paspasan tayo,” he said.
The President stressed that the government cannot waste time and resources in the distribution of the vaccines since it concerns the lives of Filipinos.
“As we prepare for the distribution, I am directing all concerned agencies to institutionalize the whole-of-government approach in its rollout,” Duterte remarked.
“I cannot stress enough: We cannot waste time or resources in the distribution of these vaccines because we are dealing with precious lives,” he added.