Philippines Alowing LGUs to Procure COVID-19 Vaccines

Rodrigo Duterte the president of Philippines  has approved a deal that would allow local government units to procure vaccines against the novel coronavirus, an official overseeing the effort said on Wednesday.

Carlito Galvez said he met with Duterte on Monday and recommended the approval of the tripartite agreement among local government units, the national government and pharmaceutical firms for the vaccine procurement.

“The President approved it immediately,” he said.

Vaccine manufacturers only deal with the national government, making a tripartite deal with LGUs necessary so they can procure vaccines, National Task Force Against COVID-19 deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon earlier said.

The supply of vaccines is very, very limited and second, if the government makes the deal, the price is special and lower.

Several LGUs in Metro Manila have set aside funds for COVID-19 vaccines.

“He (Duterte) is happy with our LGUs because the LGU really has a key role in our vaccination program,” Galvez said of the local officials’ initiative.

The national government has yet to procure COVID-19 vaccines as none have been approved for local use yet, but inoculations here have been reported, particularly among members of the President’s security team.

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a deal that would allow local government units to procure vaccines against the novel coronavirus, an official overseeing the effort said on Wednesday. Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez said he met with Duterte on Monday and recommended the approval of the tripartite agreement among local government units, the national government and pharmaceutical firms for the vaccine procurement. “The President approved it immediately,” he said.