AMID calls for the inclusion of athletes in the list of government priorities, members of the Philippine sports delegation to international sporting events would be evacuated in time for their global stints, says vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., even as he claimed that there is sufficient time to get them inoculated.
At the Laging Handa briefing, Galvez said the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines is from the COVAX facility, which advised the government to prioritize healthcare workers and the vulnerable sector.
“Idi-discuss po ‘yan especially sa ngayon ang available po natin ay sa COVAX. Wala po ‘yan sa listing (of priority) ng World Health Organization,” Galvez said.
“Anyway, meron pa namang ample time for them to have the vaccination,” he added.
Galvez’s statement is in reaction to Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero’s call for the government to prioritize the athletes bound for the Tokyo Olympics and the 2021 Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam in the vaccination rollout.
In House Resolution 1507, Romero called on the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and other agencies to classify the athletes as “frontliners.”
Galvez said the IATF will discuss the matter.
“Titignan po namin sa IATF kung just in case we have excess na vaccines na puwede nating pagbigyan,” he added.
The Philippine government is targeting to secure around 148 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate some 50 to 70 million Filipinos this year.