Gov’t officials urged to work together vs pandemic

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has reiterated his call to public officials to refrain from finger-pointing and instead work together to implement a whole-of-nation approach to overcome the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis and help Filipinos recover more quickly.

This comes as the government is now facing challenges in the procurement of the coronavirus vaccine developed by other countries.

The senator also urged his fellow public servants to remain united and focused on dealing with the true enemy which is the COVID-19 pandemic.

As he called on the public to cooperate with the government, Go also asked Secretary of Health Francisco Duque III to exercise accountability by explaining his actions with regard to the accusations thrown at him.

To boost public confidence and awareness on the COVID-19 vaccine roadmap, Go earlier suggested to the national government to conduct a massive information campaign to educate the public on the ongoing process that the government is taking to secure safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for Filipinos.

President Rodrigo Duterte and Go have expressed their willingness to be one of the first to get a dose of the vaccine to encourage the public and allay fears on its safety and efficacy.

As the chair of the Senate Committee on Health amid this ongoing pandemic, Go emphasized that one of my primary concerns is that vaccines against COVID-19 must be deemed safe and effective, and procured at the soonest time possible.

The senator also told concerned officials to act swiftly while exercising due diligence to ensure the availability of safe and effective vaccines for Filipinos, especially the poor and vulnerable sectors who must be prioritized.

He reminded that in every decision the government makes, the Filipino people deserve to know the truth since this is their government, it is their money that are being used, and it is their lives that are at stake.

Go also clarified that National Task Force chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. remains on top of all matters pertaining to the COVID-19 vaccine, including its procurement, processing, storage, and distribution.

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