Late procurement of COVID-19 vaccine could be a ‘blessing in disguise’, says Recto

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  • The government’s late procurement of COVID vaccine may prove to be a blessing in disguise, after all
  • This is because we now have more data based on the experiences of other countries
  • He also agreed that an ‘effective rollout’ of vaccine should start with the health workers

Despite public criticisms on the government’s supposedly late actions in securing deals for COVID-19 vaccine, this may prove to be a blessing in disguise after all, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto.

The senator said during an interview over Dobol B sa News TV that we now have more data based on the experiences of other countries where the vaccines were first rolled out.

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Recto cited Singapore which started inoculating their residents as early as June or July last year.

“This could be a blessing in disguise. Now there is more data, nakita na natin ang [we witnessed the] rollout,” he added.

From these data, he said, the Philippine government will now have the means to determine which vaccine is most effective and safest for the Filipinos.

He is hoping the Department of Health (DOH) will seize the opportunity to gather and study these data from other countries so they can make the wise decision.

Recto’s statement came as the country prepares for the arrival of the first batch of vaccine next month.

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Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez earlier disclosed that the Pfizer vaccine could be the first to arrive in the country followed by other brands such as Sinovac and Covovax.

The senator also agreed that an ‘effective rollout’ should start with the health workers and they should be administered with the safest and the most effective vaccine.

In this way, Recto explained, the public will have more confidence in the vaccine if they witnessed that the doctor themselves are using it for their protection.

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