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Let LGUs buy vaccines — solon

A House leader filed a measure that will allow local government units (LGUs) to procure their own coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines.

Deputy Speaker and Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez is urging the national government to allow LGUs to directly buy the vaccines from the manufacturers.

House Resolution No. 1460 wants both LGUs and private companies to be given the chance to get their own vaccines to fight COVID-19.

The solon invoked the constitutional right to health of every Filipino in making the plea.

He said LGUs throughout the country should be allowed to import vaccine for their constituents because the national government would take care of the vaccination of only 30-50 percent of the country’s population.

To date, more than 30 provinces and cities have already allocated funds for buying jabs approved by the Food and Drug Administration, with the cities of Makati, Quezon and Taguig setting aside P1 billion each.

Makati City Pabakuna

He added that even small provinces like Biliran and Eastern Samar are raring to procure vaccine with allocations of P100 million and P500 million, respectively.

Rodriguez pointed out that these LGUs and scores of private companies intend to give the vaccine free to their constituents and employees.

“The government’s priority right should be having as many Filipinos as possible vaccinated in order to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic, get the economy on the road to recovery and return the nation to pre-2020 normality,” he stressed.

He said allowing LGUs and private companies to buy their own vaccine will greatly help the national government in achieving its goal of herd immunity, which calls for inoculating at least 80 percent of the population.

Rodriguez has also filed a bill to exempt vaccine importation from duties, taxes and other fees.

Though the FDA has yet to give its go-signal to the use of any vaccine, many LGUs have already negotiated with vaccine producers for their supply.

Publication Source :    People's Journal