Gov’t official who gave Duterte false info on EU vaccine restrictions should be fired – Lacson

Published February 4, 2021, 10:04 AM

by Mario Casayuran

Senator Panfilo M. Lacson on Thursday sought the dismissal from of the government official who gave President Duterte the wrong information that the Philippines is one of the countries included in the European Union (EU) restrictive supply of COVID-19 vaccines made by AstraZeneca, a multinational pharmaceutical based in Europe.

Senator Panfilo M. Lacson (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

President Duterte on Monday accused the EU of holding up supplies of COVID-19 vaccines to other countries and complained that less wealthy countries lacked the power to secure all they sought

Yesterday, the EU said it has set aside 853 million Euros to help 92 low-income and middle-income countries to be able to buy the vaccine. One of these countries is the Philippines.
Lacson said those who gave the President wrong information destroys the image of the Philippines and should resign to save the Philippines from international embarrassment.

The EU stated that the Philippines is exempted from the  restricted export of the vaccine.

It explained that under the COVAX facility, the Philippines would get COVID-19 vaccines for the 20 percent  of its population and the vaccines would be arriving in mid-February.

The Philippines has more than 527,000 confirmed coronavirus cases – among the highest in Asia – and 10,807 deaths.