By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte is not holding anyone accountable for the delayed arrival of Covid-19 vaccines in the country, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on Tuesday.
Nograles said manufacturers are responsible for delivering vaccines to states and localities.
“Alam mo, si Pangulo, he understands that we are at the receiving end of these vaccines. As much as we want to and as practicable as possible, ginagawa naman po natin ang lahat ng kinakailangan natin based on the requirements being asked of us,” the Palace official said in an interview over state-run PTV 4.
“But, at the end of the day, it is really the vaccine manufacturers’ obligation, responsibility to ship it to us at a time that was promised. As far as were concerned, lahat naman ng kailangan gawin at ma-comply ay naco-comply naman natin,” he added.
Initial doses of Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines were initially scheduled to arrive in the Philippines mid-February.
However, the lack of an indemnification law hampered the rollout of the government’s national vaccination program.