Palace Assures COVID-19 Vaccine’s Affordability

Palace Assures COVID-19 Vaccine’s Affordability

Spotlight

Transport Coop. Provides More Than 25k Free ‘Green Cards’ For Cashless Transactions

A transport cooperative operating in Las Piñas provides 25,735 passengers with the means to safely board and ride their solar electric jeepneys along the route of Alabang to Zapote.

The Importance Of Deepening Ties And Friendship On Online English Education

51Talk hosts the 2020 Sino-Philippines Educational Exchanges in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the founding of bilateral relations between the Philippines and China.

DBP Backs Public Transport Sector Recovery

DBP is working closely with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in finding financial solutions to aid the country's transportation sector due to the difficulties presented by the pandemic.

Even if the government could not provide free coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines to all Filipinos, Malacañang on Thursday said it is confident that the vaccines would be affordable to many Filipinos.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark after President Rodrigo Duterte said it would be “ideal” for every Filipino to be inoculated with the vaccine.

Roque did not directly confirm that the government would give the vaccine for free, but he was sure that the poor, police, military, and front-liners would be shouldered by government.

“So 20 million initially po ang bibilhin natin para sa mahihirap at para po sa ating kapulisan at sa ating mga militar and mga front-liners. (Initially, we will buy for the 20 million poor and for our police, military, and front-liners),” he said.

Roque said Covid-19 vaccine is estimated to cost USD10 per dose. Two dosages are required per individual.

“Hindi naman po ganoon kamahal ang estimate natin sa bakuna. Ang estimate po ni Secretary Dominguez, USD10 per dose at kinakailangan dalawang dosage so USD20 per person (The vaccine is not that expensive. The estimate of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III is USD10 per dose and we need two dosages so USD20 per person),” he said.

Roque said an estimated PHP2 billion will be spent to inoculate the priority demographics. He said this amount is already included in the proposed PHP4.5-trillion national budget for 2021.

He also noted that USD12 billion would be needed to inoculate 113 million Filipinos.

“Roughly, we would need around 12 billion dollars kung ililibre natin lahat ang bakuna. Pero I’m confident naman po, hindi kinakailangang ilibre ang lahat kasi marami naman pong can afford USD20 for a vaccine (if we will shoulder the cost. But I’m confident that it won’t be necessary because there are many who can afford USD20 for a vaccine),” he said.

To buy the vaccines, Roque said the government will borrow from the Philippine International Trading Corp., Land Bank of the Philippines, and the Development Bank of the Philippines.

Political placebo?

Roque, meanwhile, shrugged off criticism that the promise of a vaccine has become Duterte’s “political placebo.”

“It is based on science. The fact na ang dami na pong nasa third clinical trial, means na nandiyan na po talaga ang remedyo (The fact that there are many vaccines on their third clinical trial means that there really is a remedy); there is light at the end of the tunnel. So hinay-hinay lang po (Take your time), hang in there, malapit na pong matapos ito (this pandemic is almost over),” he said.

He also said the President’s remarks about vaccine were intended to address Filipinos’ “pandemic fatigue.”

Duterte, he said, is a “voracious news reader” and knew about the latest developments of some vaccines.

In an interview over Unang Hirit, Roque also bared that three potential Covid-19 vaccines will undergo clinical trials in the Philippines.

“Mayroon po tayong tatlo na magkakaroon tayo ng clinical trials at kasama na po diyan iyong Russia at saka iyong sa China. At kung hindi po ako nagkakamali, mayroon pang isang Western company, hindi ko lang po masigurado kung ito po iyong Oxford o ito iyong sa Amerika, pero tatlo po iyan (We have three companies that will hold clinical trials including Russia and China. If I’m not mistaken, there’s one Western company, I’m just not sure if it’s Oxford or this one from America, but there are three of them),” he said.

Last week, the Department of Science and Technology announced that the Russian’s Sputnik V, the China’s Sinovac, and Janssen from Johnson & Johnson will be tested in the Philippines.

In a taped address on Wednesday night, Duterte said the government has set aside funds to buy a Covid-19 vaccine but will need more if it will inoculate the entire population. (PNA)

4th Indie-Siyensya Promotes Science Through Film

Love science fiction films? You might want to check out the 4th Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition

Legazpi Farmers Urged To Sell Rice Instead Of Palay

The City Agriculture Office advises over 2,600 registered farmers in Bicol to sell rice instead of harvested palay to earn more.

Bataan Holds Early ‘Undas’ Due To Pandemic

Instead of November 1, Bataan residents are allowed to visit cemeteries from October 15 to 28.

Zanjoe And Paulo In Tug-Of-War Over Angelica In ‘Walang Hanggang Paalam’

Catch the freshest episodes of "Walang Hanggang Paalam" on A2Z channel!

Gov’t Work Suspended In Maguindanao Town Due To Floods

Work at the municipal hall of Pagalungan in Maguindanao was suspended on Thursday as the town’s government center remains submerged in floodwaters.

MMFF Partners With Streaming Services, Premieres Online

This year, MMFF can be seen in the comfort of your home as it goes online!

Gatchalian Reminds School Officials: Strictly Enforce Health Protocols

"Ngayong nagsimula na ang klase, lalo nating dapat tutukan ang kalusugan ng bawat guro at non-teaching staff lalo na't sila ang nagsisilbing mga frontliners sa pagpapatupad ng distance learning sa gitna ng pandemya."

Mobile Legends: Professional League-PH Season 6 To Introduce A New Format

Witness the historic Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League - Philippines Season 6 starting October 22!

How Middle Class Teachers Are Coping With Online Learning

Sa lahat ng ating mga dakilang guro, saludo po kami sa inyong dedikasyon at sakripisyo!

N. Ecija Farmers Find Viable Market For Tons Of Harvested Squash

Some vegetable farmers in Nueva Ecija have found viable markets to sell their tons of harvested squash.