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Senator Bong Go on Wednesday reiterated his call to develop a national vaccination program against Covid-19 that would facilitate the vaccine supply chain and ensure the equitable and systematic provision of the vaccine once it is available.

“Habang sinisiguradong safe and effective ang vaccines at isinasagawa ang clinical trials, paghandaan na dapat kung paano gagawing available, accessible at affordable ang mga ito sa lahat ng Pilipino, lalo na ang mga pinaka-nangangailangan,” he said, addressing newly-appointed vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.

“Huwag natin pabayaan ang mga ordinaryong Pilipino na kailangan na makabalik sa normal na pamumuhay upang maibangon mula sa kahirapan ang kanilang pamilya,” he added.

Go likewise reiterated support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to prioritize the immunization of the poor and vulnerable who have been most affected by the pandemic, and frontliners, such as medical workers and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police, who are most at risk.

“When the time comes that there is a vaccine and medicine against Covid-19, we must be ready to provide these to all Filipinos who are in need whether they are rich or not. Dapat magkaroon tayo ng plano kung saan pantay-pantay at hindi lang ang mga may kaya sa buhay ang makakuha,” said Go.

Currently, over 100 vaccine candidates are now under development around the world, with some having progressed to the advanced human trial stage.

The government has set aside a total of P10 billion as standby funds for the testing and procurement of Covid-19 vaccines and medication under Republic Act 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.

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