‘Kulang Ang Pondo’: Recto Seeks Increased Funding So Every Filipino Gets A COVID-19 Vaccine

MOST READ

The P18-billion budget for the procurement of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) vaccines will not be sufficient to provide for every Filipino, said Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto.

The said funding, included in the 2021 budget, could only cover 1 out of 5 or an estimated 19 million Filipinos.

“19 million plus Filipinos, so we will have a long way to go. Paano yung 90 million?,” Recto asked.

Based on the report of the Department of Health (DOH), the cheapest vaccine as of now is AztraZeneca, and it can be purchased for P610. On the other hand, the most expensive will be a vaccine from Chinese Sinopharm, which is estimated at P17,690 per person for two doses.

According to Senator Pia Cayetano, providing vaccines for 24 million Filipinos would cost P22 billion. This includes the vaccine price, supply chain expense, PPEs of health workers and post-vaccination surveillance.

On top of that, the storage of the COVID-19 vaccines have to be taken into account as it requires sub-zero temperatures.

“The other revealing thing in Senator Pia’s response is mukhang at this point, mahal ang made-in-China vaccine. Sana bumaba pa. Global talaga dapat ang paghahanap. Not all roads lead to Beijing,” Recto added.

The vaccine procurement plan shows that the government is slated to borrow funding from the Development Bank of the Philippines and the Land Bank of the Philippines. Afterwards, the government will tap the PITC to purchase the vaccines then turn it over to the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force and the DOH.

Despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Recto is positive that the country will be able to pull through.

“So the entire process from budgeting, purchase, storage, delivery is fraught with challenges, but I am optimistic that we as a nation can pull it off,” he said.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Latest News

Roque Says He Has No Control Over Crowd In Cebu

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he had no control over a mass gathering in Cebu where he delivered a speech, saying it was the local government that organized the event held on Nov. 27.

Gordon Thanks SoKor For P10-M Aid For Typhoon Victims

Philippine Red Cross chairman and CEO Senator Richard Gordon thanks the South Korea government for donating nearly PHP10-million as humanitarian assistance for families and communities affected by Super Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses.

Año Opposes Holding Of Face-To-Face Classes

Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año opposes proposals to resume the holding of face-to-face classes in schools at this time, saying it might cause a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Duterte Enjoins Pinoys To Draw Inspiration From Bonifacio’s Heroism

President Rodrigo Duterte joins the nation in commemorating the 157th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, urging Filipinos to draw inspiration from the heroism of the supreme leader (Supremo) of the Katipunan amid the prevailing COVID-19 health crisis.

Roque Defends Duterte’s Sexist Jokes: ‘Let’s Take A Joke For What It Is’

ROQUE: "Let's not give too much meaning to the jokes of the president. The president is really just like that, and he can't change anymore because he's already in his 70s."

Roque Congratulates Tricia Robredo: ‘Sa Panahon Ng Pandemya, Talagang Kayo Po Ang Mga Bagong Bayani’

Roque previously accused Tricia and Aika Robredo of triggering the #NasaanAngPangulo trend during the Typhoon Ulysses.

House Welcomes Passage Of 2021 Nat’l Budget In Senate

Speaker Lord Allan Velasco welcomes the timely passage of the proposed PHP4.506-trillion national budget for 2021 in the Senate.

Galvez: Gov’t, Private Sector To Ink Deal For 2-M AstraZeneca Vaccines

National Policy against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. announces the government and the private sectors are set to sign a tripartite agreement for two million doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine.

Gatchalian To Raise Issues On Erroneous Learning Materials In Senate hearing

Senator Win Gatchalian, to raise the errors in the DepEd modules on the next Senate hearing.

Bello: DOLE Orders Release Of Deferred Holiday Pay For Private Workers

The Department of Labor and Employment orders private companies to release the deferred holiday pay of their workers before the end of the year.