As he welcomed the appointment of Peace Process and COVID-19 National Task Force (NTF) Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. as the country’s COVID-19 vaccine czar, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said that the retired military chief might need the help of others in carrying out his new designation.
“I wish General Galvez good luck on his additional assignment as vaccine czar. No mission is tougher, and no stake is higher than providing vaccines for all. But that burden is too heavy for one man to bear. This is not a job for one Superman,” Recto stressed.
“He has to assemble his Justice League. Not just from the military, but from all sectors, especially businesses with the supply-chain expertise to regularly restock millions of stores of their products seamlessly,” he added.
The senator said that Galvez should tap people “not just from the military, but from all sectors, especially businesses with the supply-chain expertise to regularly restock millions of stores of their products seamlessly.”
During a meeting on the government’s response to Super Typhoon Rolly, President Rodrigo Duterte earlier mentioned Galvez’s appointment as “vaccine czar.”
Duterte bared that Galvez will be in charge of the “purchase of a vaccine, the negotiation, manufacture, production, or distribution.”
Galvez is one of several former military generals in Duterte’s Cabinet. The president said he preferred to be surrounded by military men because they abide by the chain of command, with him on top.
Critics, however, noted the need for more public health experts and scientists among officials leading the government’s response to the pandemic.