When will the COVID-19 vaccination begin?
Former Vice President Jojo Binay has slammed the government’s alleged “colossal failure” to curb the coronavirus outbreak as well as alleged inefficiency in vaccine procurement.
Binay, in a Facebook post, said vaccine rollout has yet to begin in the country while other poorer neighbors have already started.
“Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Cambodia are among the countries that have started vaccinating their citizens. They may be poorer than us, but obviously they are more efficient and adept at handling the crisis and making the welfare of their people as a priority. Tayo, nganga pa rin,” he said.
Binay is dismayed with the administration’s alleged poor handling of the vaccine acquisition.
“The handling – or mishandling – of vaccine procurement joins the long list of examples of poor management during this pandemic. Wala na ngang ayuda, wala pang bakuna,” he said.
With the government’s alleged mishandling of the pandemic response, the former official said he was no longer surprised about the country’s economic downturn.
“Kung ganito ang sitwasyon natin pagkaraan ng halos isang taon na lockdown, huwag na tayong magtaka kung bakit huling makakabangon ang ating ekonomya sa Southeast Asia,” he said.
Binay, on the other hand, commended the government for deferring plans to place the country under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until the vaccine rollout begins.
He said the national leadership deserves to be recognized “for making the right decision.” The public’s health and welfare should always be the priority, he said.
“If only the administration acted with the same focus, efficiency and resolve early last year, we would not be in the sordid situation we are in now,” he said.
“Economic managers claim that easing restrictions would mitigate hunger, poverty, and unemployment. Ironically, record-high hunger, poverty and unemployment can be attributed to the administration’s colossal failure to immediately contain the virus early last year,” he said.
He said the ideal situation would be for the government to ease lockdown measures while economic relief measures and mass vaccination of citizens are carried out.