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House sets hearing on government’s vaccine plan

THE House of Representatives has set its own inquiry on the vaccination program of the administration while the country awaits the vaccines.

Members of the House committee on health, chaired by Quezon Rep. Angelina Helen Tan, want to hear about the government’s vaccination program from Health Secretary Francisco Duque and National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.

The virtual hearing was set on Monday, January 18.

The lower chamber wants to ensure that the multibillion-peso budget allocated for inoculation will be used to procure the most effective and safest vaccine against the virus.

“There have been a lot of differing opinions, mostly from non-medical experts, regarding government-procured vaccines. As such, we would like to hear from the experts themselves to determine facts and figures from a scientific point of view,” Tan said.

Tan was hoping that through the hearing, Congress will be able to ascertain concrete legislative actions that will help the Executive in ensuring the planned mass vaccination will be a success.

“We all want to return to our daily routines before COVID-19. As representatives of the people in Congress, we will do our part in making that happen sooner rather than later,” she added.

Tan said the hearing will be a jump-off point for deliberations on pending resolutions referred to her committee. Parañaque Rep. Joy Tambunting had filed House Resolution 1227 asking the Department of Health for a comprehensive plan for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

Also, Sultan Kudarat Rep. Princess Rihan Sakaluran urged the government to lay down a COVID-19 vaccination program plan to ensure the “just, fair, and equal” distribution of the vaccines through House Resolution 1332.

Aside from Duque and Galvez, also invited to the hearing were representatives from the Food and Drug Administration, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Health Technology Assessment Council, Department of Science and Technology, and the World Health Organization.

The committee had also sent invitations to the Department of Budget and Management, Department of Finance, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Foreign Affairs, and Department of National Defense.

Medical experts from civic organizations Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, Philippine Medical Association, Philippine Nurses Association, and Philippine Association of Medical Technologists will also attend.

 

Publication Source :    People's Journal