Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Gov’t To Get ‘Best Bargain’ For Covid-19 Vaccine: Duterte

Gov’t To Get ‘Best Bargain’ For Covid-19 Vaccine: Duterte


ISOC Land Topped Off I-Land Bay Plaza In Pasay City

In line with its promise of “Office of the Future,” the 12-storey, 24,000 sqm premium office tower in Pasay City is designed as an energy-efficient “green” building developed to meet global standards of excellence.

UNIQLO Provides Aid To The Philippines Affected By Typhoon Rolly And Ulysses

UNIQLO donates 1 million USD in aid to Typhoon victims through SM Foundation.

CeMAP Ensures Cement Supply To Bicol Region, Isabela, Cagayan

CeMAP assures that there will be adequate supply of cement products for provinces affected by the successive typhoons that hit the country.

Quest Journal: Your All-Around Journal

Need a planner that'll match your 2021 goals? Check out the Belle de Jour's power planner!

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night said the government must get the “best bargain” for the country’s supply of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines once available.

In a taped speech, Duterte said he will rely on vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. to manage the acquisition of a vaccine by December or January 2021.

“Secretary Galvez is here. Binigay ko sa kanya lahat kasi sabi ko ayaw ko nga ‘yang committee-committee (I have assigned him everything because I don’t like committees). Only one person whom I can trust, who is honest, and whose integrity is beyond question,” he said.

He said Galvez will be in charge of selecting the Covid-19 vaccine.

“Siya na lahat. Ikaw na ang mamili tapos tignan mo (He’ll do everything. You select and check it). Get the best bargain. So might as well that we are here. I’ll ask Secretary Galvez to tell us,” he said.

Instead of having to go through the process of bidding during a national emergency, Duterte said he preferred to issue an executive order.

“May mga pamaraan kasi na bago ka makabili, iyan ‘yang bidding, ‘yung ganoon (There are ways to purchase it, through bidding), but there is also a way of not doing it. If it takes time, then I can go directly and just issue the order to buy and to vaccinate the population,” he said.

He, meanwhile, reminded Galvez to prioritize the poorest of the poor in the immunization campaign.

Soldiers and their families should also be prioritized, he added.

Galvez, meanwhile, recommended entering into a multilateral arrangement with the World Bank while the Asian Development Bank will serve as “finance manager.”

“Ang amin pong rekomendasyon po (Our recommendation), Mr. President, [next slide please] ay (is) we enter on the Advance Market Commitment through the multilateral arrangement with World Bank and ADB as our finance manager. At the same time, we have also to have various modes of financing including Private-Public Tripartite Agreement without the cost with the government,” he said.

He also recommended the emergency use of the vaccine to be issued by the Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines.

Earlier, the Department of Health (DOH) said policies on the testing, evaluation and procurement of a vaccine will not change despite Galvez’s appointment as vaccine czar.

“No processes will be changed, there may be additional ones, because we now have this vaccine czar, our leader, he may add more expeditious processes for our work to be easier,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during an online media forum.

Vergeire added that the specific tasks Galvez would be handling include the purchasing, the negotiations, the manufacturing, the production, and distribution of the vaccines.

“Of course, he will not work alone,” she said, adding that Galvez will still work with DOH and the Departments of Science and Technology, Trade and Industry, Finance, Bureau of Investments and other agencies. (PNA)

Latest News

Globe Customers Enjoy Virtual Gardening, While Raising Homeschool Kits For World Vision

As part of Globe Platinum's #ForFutureHeroes campaign, Homegrown Weekend is not only an enjoyable perk for customers but a way for them to support Filipino children in building a brighter future.

12.5K More ‘Yolanda’ Houses For Eastern Visayas

The additional housing units for Super Typhoon Yolanda victims is expected to be finished before the term of President Rodrigo Duterte ends on June 30, 2022.

VPLR Visits Caramoan 19 Nov 2020

In line with her continued efforts to help communities hit by the recent typhoons, VP Leni Robredo visited the municipality of Caramoan.

Parents Of Child Laborers In Maguindanao Get Aid

The parents of 180 poor children in BARMM have received cash assistance from the regional government to help address the perennial problem of child labor in the region.

92nd ‘Malasakit Center’ Opens In Benguet

With the new Malasakit Center in Benguet, additional financial assistancee will be given to those in need!

SMC To Open 100 Add’l RFID Installation Sites In North And South To Meet Surge In Demand

To accomodate the increased number of motorists wanting to avail of the free RFID stickers, SMC is putting up 100 additional RFID installation sites!

PRO-7 Inaugurates Molecular Lab For Covid-19 Testing

The new facility in Cebu City is now ready to accommodate RT-PCR tests for police and their dependents for possible infection.

MYX Mounts Fundraising Show With OPM Artists To Aid Typhoon Victims

Join MYX Philippines’ 20th anniversary benefit show happening this November 21!

Step Into Smart Fitness With Amazfit Bip U, To Launch Exclusively On Shopee

Looking for the latest smartwatch? Check out the all-new Amazfit Bip U, exclusively on Shopee starting November 23, 2020!

ISOC Land Topped Off I-Land Bay Plaza In Pasay City

In line with its promise of “Office of the Future,” the 12-storey, 24,000 sqm premium office tower in Pasay City is designed as an energy-efficient “green” building developed to meet global standards of excellence.