MANILA – Vaccine czar Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. confirmed to senators all “necessary documents and proposed agreements” in relation to COVID-19 vaccines the Philippine authorities is eyeing to buy, Senate President Vicente Sotto III mentioned Wednesday.
Sotto disclosed this after rising from a gathering that was additionally attended by Senators Panfilo Lacson and Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, and Baguio Metropolis Mayor Benjamin Magalong.
Apart from Sotto, all 4 – Lacson, Dela Rosa, Magalong and Galvez – are merchandise of the Philippine Army Academy.
“We have been in a position to see all the required paperwork and proposed agreements. Certainly there are nondisclosure agreements mandated by the pharma corporations internationally,” Sotto instructed reporters in a web based message.
“I will inform our colleagues on the important facts ASAP,” he added.
There was no picture taken throughout the assembly, Sotto mentioned.
Galvez additionally reportedly assured that no overpricing will occur in no matter vaccine model that the Philippine authorities will procure.
“Galvez assures us through the agreements that there will be no room for overpricing by any person, entity or group as all payments will go directly to the pharma companies from the lending institution who will also set in place proper safeguards,” Sotto mentioned.
Regardless of what occurred throughout that assembly, the Senate Committee of the Entire’s third listening to on Friday will nonetheless push by means of.
“The hearing will push through and hopefully we will be able to elicit enough information to be able to convince our countrymen that the vaccines no matter what brand will be necessary, for us to defeat the virus,” Sotto mentioned.
The Senate Committee of the Entire is probing the Duterte administration’s nationwide vaccination program to fight COVID-19.
Days earlier than the confidential assembly, plenty of senators together with Lacson, have repeatedly criticized Galvez, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque and Well being Sec. Francisco Duque III, for popping out with conflicting statements and details about the federal government’s vaccine procurement program.
Many senators are additionally questioning the federal government’s seeming desire to China’s Sinovac vaccine, regardless that it has proven unsatisfactory efficacy with its costly price.
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