As the country joins the race in securing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has stressed that the safety and efficacy of the purchased vaccines are of vital importance.
In an ambush interview during his visit to Barangay Looc in Mandaue City, Cebu, the senator noted that the government should ensure that the vaccine that it will purchase will be safe and effective for Filipinos.
“We have to be prudent as we have to prioritize safety and efficacy. The Filipinos will not just avail of such vaccines,” said Go.
He also urged Vice President Leni Robredo to stop criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte’s COVID-19 response and the procurement of vaccines.
“The only thing she is doing is criticize the government,” said Go. President Duterte has already appointed the only vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez and he has been trying hard to perfect the program.”
Earlier, Robredo expressed concern on the possible delays in the purchase of the vaccines, citing the President’s alleged delayed reaction in March against the coronavirus infections in the country.
Meantime, the senator has provided aid to families in Barangay Looc who were affected by a fire incident early this month.
His team distributed meals, food packs, vitamins, medical-grade reusable masks, and face shields to a total of 653 fire victims or 152 families. The activity was held at the Brgy. Looc Gym in strict compliance with health and safety protocols.
Additionally, selected beneficiaries received bicycles so they can travel with ease amid limited public transportation options. Others were given tablets so their children can take part in the online classes under the blended learning approach implemented in schools.
The Senator offered to assist beneficiaries and their loved ones who are in need of medical treatment. He also informed them that they may seek medical assistance from the government through the Malasakit Center at the city’s Eversley Childs Sanitarium and General Hospital, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center and the St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital in Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City District Hospital in Lapu-Lapu City, and Talisay District Hospital in Talisay City.
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Go and his team continues to provide aid to Filipinos in crisis situations, especially during this Christmas season. He also told fire victims that once the COVID-19 vaccine is considered safe, proven effective, and made available, the government will prioritize and ensure access for the poor and the vulnerable sectors as well as frontliners.
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