House of Representatives wants to probe vaccine issue too

Published January 14, 2021, 6:03 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

It’s the House of Representatives’ turn to hold a high-profile public hearing on the COVID-19 vaccination issue.

A statement from the office of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco Thursday afternoon bared that the House Committee on Health will look into the hot topic Monday “to ensure that the multibillion-peso budget allocated for inoculation will be used to procure the most effective and safest vaccine against the virus.”

Quezon 4th District Rep. Angelina Tan chairs the Health panel.

Heading the list of resource persons for the January 18 virtual hearing are Health Secretary Francisco Duque and National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.

The Senate earlier held a similar public hearing which also featured Duque and Galvez.

“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.

The lady lawmaker is 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.

“Congress will do what it can to help government agencies in arresting the pandemic,” said Tan, who is a physician by profession.