Locsin: Pompeo to help PH secure Pfizer COVID vaccine

Published December 19, 2020, 3:04 PM

by Betheena Unite

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. revealed Saturday that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will give his best to help the Philippines get even a fraction of the Pfizer vaccine deal after “someone dropped the ball.”

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Locsin said in a Twitter post that he had a phone conversation with Pompeo Friday  night and they were able to talk about the Pfizer vaccine deal for COVID-19. 

“Great phone conversation with Mike Pompeo last night. Lotsa laughs at others. But on the most serious note I asked him to help Babe (Philippine Ambassador to the United States Babe Romualdez)  and I get back even a fraction of the 10 million doses of Pfizer after someone dropped the ball,” Locsin said.

He added that Pompeo will try his best to help the country.  “He’ll give it his best try. Babe’s securing Moderna,” the Justice Secretary said, adding that the ambassador is also working on the vaccine deal with Moderna.

Locsin had earlier disclosed  that 10 million doses  of vaccine from Pfizer would be shipped to the Philippines in January “but somebody dropped the ball.”

 “We – Babe Romualdez and I – got 10 million doses of Pfizer financed by the World Bank and ADB to be shipped thru FedEx to Clark in January. But somebody dropped the ball,” he said in a Twitter. post.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has been under fire for his alleged failure to work on documentary requirements for the Pfizer deal. Duque, however, denied the allegations, saying that the negotiation with Pfizer is still ongoing.