2 weeks ‘Nakaligtaan?’: ’Insufficient’ funding for COVID-19 vaccine dismays Quimbo Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines --- A lawmaker has expressed her disappointment over the insufficient fund allocation for the procurement of the COVID-19 vaccine to cover 20 million Filipinos, saying the government seemed to have forgotten to earmark enough money for the pandemic response next year. During House plenary deliberations on the proposed 2021 budget of the Department of Health (DOH), Marikina City 2nd Dist. Rep. Stella Luz Quimbo pointed out that only P2.5 billion was appropriated for next year's procurement of COVID-19 vaccines. Quimbo, an economist, noted that if each vaccine for an individual costs P600, this means that the P2.5 billion ... more