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Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Saturday said one of the changes he would propose in the 2021 budget bill was to augment the P2.5 billion budget of the Department of Health (DOH) earmarked for the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines.

“May ilan na, halimbawa itong sa DOH talagang kulang iyon. May mga departamento rin na talagang valid ang hinihingi. We will favorably consider it,” he said on DWIZ radio about what amendments he would propose.

Drilon said P2.5 billion for coronavirus vaccines was too little.

“Talagang hindi kasya iyan. Sa pakikipag-usap ko sa mga nakakaalam, ang tentative pricing nitong vaccine ay $10, tig-$5 per shot eh dalawang shots,” he said.

“Talagang kulang ang P2.5 billion. Hindi madali ang vaccination dahil hindi naman tayo mag-manufacture nito. Talagang darating sa atin in bulk. Ilalagay mo sa glass vials. Ilang million ang gagawin natin?” he said.

“Pagtapos, dapat niyan yung temperature. We are an island nation kaya ang logistic ay terrible. Mahirap ang trabaho. Malaking pera ang pinag-uusapan. Ang estimate ay P500 per head,” Drilon said.

“The distribution would be a nightmare. Sana magampanan ng pamahalaan ang kanilang tungkulin lalo na ang DOH,” he said.

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