Malacanang's announcement that prices of Sinovac vaccines in the Philippines will be lowered to P650 per dose means the Senate has done its work, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Sunday.

Nagawa ng Senado ang trabaho nito: Ping welcomes reported lowering of Sinovac vaccine price in PH

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Malacanang’s announcement that prices of Sinovac vaccines in the Philippines will be lowered to P650 per dose means the Senate has done its work, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Sunday.

Lacson said the Senate had sought to save the people billions of pesos in the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

“If it’s true that government is now dropping the price of Sinovac vaccine from P1,847.25 per dose to only P650, the Senate has probably done our share to save our people billions of pesos in the country’s vaccination program. Netizens can pat themselves on the back,” he said on his Twitter account.

Earlier, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. “assured” that prices of Sinovac vaccines in the Philippines would go down to P650 per dose.

Lacson, in a statement, noted that a news article on Bangkok Post dated Jan. 16, 2021, citing figures from the World Health Organization and from the manufacturers, showed the price of Sinovac was only $5 (P240) per dose.

During deliberations on the 2021 national budget last November, the Department of Health provided the Senate Committee on Finance the data on the Sinovac price: P3,629.50 for two doses.

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Duterte says gov’t going ‘full-throttle’ on vaccine drive to ensure student safety

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday vowed that the government will go “full- throttle” in its mass coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination program to ensure safe return to schools.

Duterte made the statement during the simultaneous inauguration of school buildings at the Gen. Gregorio H. Del Pilar Integrated School and Virginia Ramirez-Cruz High School in Bulakan, Bulacan.

“I assure you that the government is exerting all efforts to go full-throttle in this Covid-19 vaccination program to ensure the safety of students before the resumption of the face-to face-learning,” the Chief Executive said.

In his speech, Duterte also underscored the need for timely completion of government structures and projects and directed all concerned agencies to ensure the least inconvenience to the public during construction and maintain the highest ethical standards.

“Our investment in education infrastructure affirms our continuing commitment to promote the right of the people to quality and accessible education at all levels,” according to him.

“A good education is a valuable gift we can proudly pass on to succeeding generations of Filipinos. Let us join hands in developing the full potential of your youth as bearers of our nation’s sustainable future,” he concluded.

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