Bong Go hopes AstraZeneca vax arrival will boost morale, give more options to frontliners
February 27, 2021 - Saturday 10:02 PM by MDM
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go shared on Saturday, February 27, that AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX Facility are set to arrive in the country on the first day of March. He hopes that this development will boost the morale of medical frontliners; being the first priority, they will have more options which vaccine to get.
“Another good news. Ang hinihintay natin, ang bakuna mula sa COVAX, darating na sa Lunes. Magkakaroon na po ng pagpipilian dahil ito pong darating sa Lunes ay galing sa AstraZeneca,” Go, also chair of the Senate Committee on Health, said during a radio interview.
“Nagkausap kami ni Secretary (Carlito) Galvez. Ang darating po ay 525,600 mula sa AstraZeneca. Ito ay mula sa COVAX Facility,” he added.
The AstraZeneca vaccines will be delivered a day after doses of Sinovac vaccines arrive in the country.
“Sasalubong kami sa lunes ni Pangulo sa arrival ng AstraZeneca at 12:50pm,” Go said.
“With that, mas magiging maganda po ang ating outlook, lalo na binabalanse ang pagbubukas ng ekonomiya and, of course, ang importante ay kabuhayan po at kaligtasan ng bawat Pilipino, kalusugan at buhay ng bawat Pilipino,” he added.
Go said that he was able to seek the help of British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce last Wednesday who assured the Senator that he will assist in expediting the delivery of the AstraZeneca vaccines to the country from the United Kingdom.
“Nakausap ko po si Ambassador Daniel Pruce, at nag-assure naman siya na tutulong siya na mapabilis. And, finally po, darating na rin po sa Lunes,” Go said.
“So, ngayon ang importante rito may mapagpipilian na po ang ating mga frontliners, ‘yung mga priorities na babakunahan. Dahil ‘yung iba takot sila na wala kaming pagpipilian kung Sinovac lang. Now, mayro’n nang AstraZeneca,” he added.
Go also shared that he and President Rodrigo Duterte will definitely be vaccinated in public to encourage more Filipinos to get inoculated as well and build their confidence in COVID-19 vaccines.
“‘Di na po kwestyon kung magpapabakuna kami. Willing kami ipakita sa publiko na ito po ay safe at epektibo at ito lang ang susi na makabalik sa normal na pamumuhay,” Go said.
“‘Di naman po perfect ang bakuna kaya may sinasabi na 90%, 50% (ang efficacy rate) pero wala na tayong (ibang) solusyon, bakuna lang po,” he added.
The Senator said that Duterte’s physician will decide which vaccine will be given to the President that is suitable for his age and state of health.
“Si Pangulo naman, ang doktor n’ya ang magde-decide kung ano pong vaccine ang gagamitin at pinagpipilian na ng doktor kung ano po ang suitable sa kanyang edad at kalusugan,” Go said.
Go also mentioned that members of the media will be in the priority list of the government’s national COVID-19 vaccination program without prejudice to other sectors already identified as priorities, such as frontliners as well as poor and vulnerable sectors.
“Priority rin po ang media, dahil kayo ang nagbibigay ng balita, frontliner po ang media,” he said.
“Kaya nga nakausap ko si Secretary Galvez, sabi n’ya next to frontliner din ang media. Sabi ko, halos lahat po ng ikot natin, ‘pag nag-iinspect tayo (ng) lugar, simulation, nandyan ang media at nagko-cover. Sila po ang nag-iinform sa publiko. Napaka-importante po ng papel ninyo sa information campaign,” he added.
As for the Sinovac vaccines which will arrive on Sunday, Go said in another interview that Duterte will receive the vaccines in a short program and symbolic turnover ceremony. A press conference will also be held.
“Bukas, upon arrival, ay tatanggapin ito ng mahal na Pangulo. Merong short program at symbolic turnover. Magkakaroon ng presscon at magpapasalamat siya,” Go said.
“Ito (vaccine) po ‘yung napagkasunduan nina Pangulong Duterte at President Xi Jinping na siyang inihatid na balita ni Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang Yi,” he added.
Go also said that the Sinovac vaccines are “a testament to the friendship and cooperation between the Philippines and China during these difficult times.”
He also commended Team Philippines, led by Secretary Galvez and other officials, for working very hard to secure the delivery of subsequent batches of vaccines.
“We want this done soon. We thank China for the timely assistance and recognize the hard work made by Team Philippines,” Go said.
The delivery of the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines is just the start of the country’s vaccination program, says Go. “We need to do more. We need to accelerate the vaccination program in a safe, sure and secure manner,” he continued.
“I know Team Philippines is working very, very hard. And we look forward to receiving positive developments on vaccine procurement and delivery,” he added.
Go said that the arrival of vaccines from various countries is also a testament to the Philippines’ strong diplomatic relations with other countries and multilateral organizations.
“These are partnerships that work because of our independent foreign policy. Team Philippines has always worked on a rational mix of vaccines to ensure not only choices but also safest vaccine rollout,” he stressed.
“What’s important is we all work together as one Team Philippines - executive, legislative and judiciary- with all sectors of our society. We work with all our partners in the international community,” Go urged.
“With cooperation, we can get this done,” he said.
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