It was Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III who “dropped the ball” in the negotiation with Pfizer, a US company, for the delivery of 10 million doses of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine.
This was revealed today by Senator Panfilo M. Lacson, who said it is Duque who should be faulted for the non-delivery of the vaccines.
Lacson said this is based on his telephone conversation with Philippine Ambassador to the US Babes Romualdez.
The senator quoted Romualdez as saying that Duque failed to prepare documentary requirement for the government to be able to buy the vaccines.
This document is called confidentiality disclosure agreement, he added.
Earlier, Locsin tweeted that there were already negotiations with Pfizer but somebody ‘’dropped the ball.’
Based on these talks, Pfizer promised to supply to the Philippines 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
This did not happen because there was no confidentiality disclosure agreement prepared although there was a follow up done by a Pfizer representative, Lacson said.