Articles worth reading
Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva

Senator pushes synergized action to cut unemployment

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva wants the private sector and government agencies to put up a unified program that will generate some 1.7 million jobs annually to address the country’s unemployment woes, according to a report by Phil...

Metro News

Go supports investigation on vaccine wastage 

account_balanceMetro News account_circleGab dela Cruz chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go on Monday said he is willing to launch an inquiry on the reported wastage of Covid-19 vaccines in the government and private sector, according to a report by Philippine News Agency.

Go said the public has the right to know what happened.

"Karapatan nating malaman kung bakit sumobra. Bakit nasayang? Kung ano talaga ang totoong nangyari at ‘di na mauulit ito at walang masayang (It is our right to know why there was excess in supplies. Why were they wasted? We should know what really happened so it will not be repeated and there will be no more wastage," Go said in an interview.

Advertisement

Among the reasons cited for the wastage are expiration, short shelf life, damage due to natural disasters and improper temperature, discoloration, and presence of particulate or floating matters.

Go recalled that the government was in a hurry to purchase Covid-19 vaccines at the time when they were scarce.

"Talagang naniguro tayo na walang masho-shortage na bakuna. Ngayon, sumobra dahil ‘yung iba eh ayaw nang magpabakuna (We really made sure that there will be no vaccine shortages. Now, there was an oversupply because others no longer want to be vaccinated)," he said.

Go said if there will be a need for the Committee on Health, which he chairs, to look into the non-disclosure agreement between the previous administration and pharmaceutical companies on the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines, he is open to invite former officials who were involved in the signing.

"Kung kailangan ipatawag yung mga previous secretary na involved po dito sa signing ng (If we need to summon the previous secretaries involved in the signing of the) non-dislcosure agreement, I am for transparency. I'm sure former president [Rodrigo] Duterte is for transparency also," he said.

More importantly, Go wants the vaccination campaign to be strengthened.

Through Senator Pia Cayetano who defended the 2023 budget of the Department of Health (DOH) in the plenary last week, Officer-in-Charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reported that around PHP15.6 billion worth of Covid-19 vaccines or 31.3 million doses were either wasted or not used.

"The total wastage is 31.3 million and that is 12 percent of the total, which if we will add is within the allowed percentage of wastage. But of course, this does not mean that just because it is in the allowed percentage, DOH is not striving to improve that number,” Cayetano said.


date_rangeDate Published
2 months ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

House approves bill promoting religious freedom 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 week ago

The House of Representatives on Monday approved on the third and final reading a measure protecting the right of the people to freedom of religion in the country, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. With 256 affirmative votes, one ...

EcoWaste issues warning on underarm whitening creams with mercury content

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode23 hours ago

The toxics watchdog group EcoWaste Coalition has sounded the alarm over mercury exposure through the use of two “made in Thailand” underarm whitening creams. “Our investigation shows that toxic mercury is also present in some cosme...

Photo courtesy of: PBBM Facebook Page

Solon justifies speaker's participation in Marcos foreign trips

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 week ago

Deputy Speaker and Pampanga 3rd District Rep. Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales Jr. on Monday said there is nothing wrong with Speaker Martin Romualdez joining President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s foreign trips, including the World Economic Fo...

Maynilad announces water interruption in Parañaque 

account_balanceParañaque chrome_reader_mode2 days ago

The Maynilad Water Service Inc. implemented water service interruption in five villages in Parañaque City due to prolonged high water turbidity brought by Amihan, according to a report by Manila Bulletin. According to the Facebook post o...

×
Click on the article to continue reading
Quezon City adopts no contact apprehension system Red Cross pushes saliva test Vaccines from COVAX to arrive in Q1 Makati Shangri-La to close doors on Feb. 1 Cities in NCR to start vaccination simultaneously Mother, girlfriend of Filipino infected with UK variant also test positive Send Press Release MNC Facebook Page MNC Twitter Page MNC Instagram Page LGU Spotlight Barangay Front Business Sports Entertainment Metro Gen Metro Feature