Kiko to WHO: Put PH on top of COVAX beneficiary list
Senator Kiko Pangilinan on Thursday appealed to the World Health Organization (WHO) to put the Philippines on top of the list of beneficiaries in its COVAX facility and deliver the urgently needed vaccines to help avert the collapse of the country's healthcare system.

Kiko to WHO: Put PH on top of COVAX beneficiary list

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Senator Kiko Pangilinan on Thursday appealed to the World Health Organization (WHO) to put the Philippines on top of the list of beneficiaries in its COVAX facility and deliver the urgently needed vaccines to help avert the collapse of the country’s healthcare system.

“Unahin na ng WHO ang Pilipinas sa mga beneficiary ng COVAX facility nila at i-deliver agad sa atin ang mga vaccines para hindi tuluyang mag-collapse ang ating healthcare system,” Pangilinan said.

“Parang apoy na kumakalat ang Covid-19 at na-o-overwhelm na ang ating healthcare capacity. Umaasa tayong paninindigan ng international community na global public good ang vaccines, at sisiguraduhin ang abot-kaya at patas na access sa bakuna para sa lahat,” he added.

Pangilinan said the Philippines is experiencing the biggest surge in Covid cases, after failing to do free mass testing and tracing despite having one of the longest and strictest lockdowns.

As of April 7, the country has recorded 819,164 total Covid cases, 158,701 active cases, and 14,059 Covid deaths, the senator said.

“Hinihikayat din natin ang IATF na mas agresibong makipag-negotiate sa WHO para sa agarang delivery at nang maiwasang lumala pa ang sitwasyon at tumawid tayo sa sinasabing ‘red line’ ng WHO at maging humanitarian crisis,” he added.

Pangilinan lamented that since the government started negotiating for the vaccines, only a little over a million doses have arrived in the country.

“Pumupunta ang mga tao, lalo na ang mga senior natin, sa mga vaccination site pero umuuwi silang hindi nababakunahan dahil kulang ang bakuna. Ganyan kalala ang sitwasyon,” he said.

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