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By Prince Golez

Malacañang urged Filipinos to trust medical experts after a survey showed that nearly half in the country do not intend to get vaccinated against coronavirus.

“Magkaroon naman po tayo ng tiwala sa ating mga eksperto na hindi naman po iyan itututok sa atin kung ito po ay hindi ligtas at hindi gumagana. Dahil kung hindi po tayo magtitiwala sa eksperto, kanino po tayo magtitiwala?” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a televised briefing recently.

Roque also encouraged the public to listen to vaccine experts, not “self-proclaimed” experts on from listening to “self-proclaimed experts” on the safety and effectiveness Covid-19 vaccines.

“Ang panawagan ng mga tunay na eksperto, huwag po nating pakinggan iyong mga self-proclaimed experts kasi kapag naaprubahan po iyan ng FDA (Food and Drug Administration) lalo na for general use at ginagamit sa buong mundo, wala pong dahilan para matakot tayo sa mga ganiyang bakuna,” the Palace official said.

“Maging kritikal sa pagtanggap ng mga impormasyon tungkol sa mga bakuna. Bigyan ng tiwala po ang ating FDA dahil bukod doon sa expert panel, mayroon pa tayong HTEC (Hospital Transplant Ethics Committee), mayroon pa tayong NITAG (National Immunization Technical Advisory Group) – lahat po iyan ay mga vaccine experts,” he stressed.

Starting February, the Philippines will start vaccinating its population against Covid-19 with doses from China’s Sinovac Biotech. The said vaccine has a general efficacy of less than 60 percent in its late-stage trial in Brazil.

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