5 days P20 B for COVID-19 vaccine purchase sought MB
Congress should allocate at least P20 billion, not the measly P2.5 billion under the 2021 budget proposal, to procure COVID-19 vaccine next year if the government is serious in protecting an initial 20 million poor Filipinos from the dreaded disease. Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor said the P2.5-billion allocation reflected in the proposed 2021 General Appropriations Act “is just a small fraction of what government needs to vaccinate the initial target of 20 million poor Filipinos.” “That means an average of P1,000 per Filipino to be inoculated. Health professionals are saying one would need two to three doses to fight the ... more