Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that the Duterte administration has covered all the bases in getting access to potential COVID-19 vaccines but it needs first Congress’ approval of the proposed 2021 national budget.
Nograles stressed that if the new spending plan is not passed on time, the government will be compelled to operate on a reenacted budget and may have to look for other funding sources to buy the life-saving vaccines.
“So all bases covered tayo kasi ang mangyayari dito nag-uunahan ang lahat, kung sino ang unang maka-produce ng vaccine. Kahit sino sa kanila ang mauna, naka-reserve na tayo,” the Palace official said.
“Mayroon na tayong kasunduan sa kanilang lahat — WHO, COVAX, Russia, China, lahat iyan may kasunduan na pag nauna sila, meron na silang vaccine natapos na at safe na, ay isa tayo sa mga bansa na magkakaroon ng access,” he added.
Under the proposed budget, the government has proposed an initial P2.5 billion to procure COVID-19 vaccines.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines has reached 339,341 on Sunday, 39,945 of which are active, 293,075 recovered, and 6,321 passed away.