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By Prince Golez

Local government units (LGUs) may set aside funds for the purchase of their own coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines, Malacañang said.

But, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the national government has already secured Covid-19 vaccines for 60 million Filipinos.

“Hindi ko rin po dini-discourage ang mga local government units na maglaan ng sariling pondo dahil sinasabi ko nga mayroon pa namang ibang mga bakuna na pupuwede nating bilhin at kung handa silang gumastos, siguro naman po ang national government will order for them para mas marami tayong bakunang makuha, over and beyond our quotas,” Roque said during a press briefing Thursday.

The Palace official also said LGUs can tap their own funds to purchase vaccines from other pharmaceutical companies. The government is currently negotiating with Sinovac, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Sputnik V for vaccine deals.

“Perhaps you can propose na iyong local appropriation ninyo can purchase a vaccine that is not included in the four na mayroon na tayong quota para mas marami iyong makuha natin, kasi hindi lang naman po apat iyong magkakaroon ng vaccine,” he added.

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