TO HELP ensure the effective administration of Covid-19 vaccines throughout the country, the International Chamber of Commerce Philippines (ICCP), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) are organizing a virtual meeting of experts and policymakers dubbed the "Vaccine Summit: Equitable Distribution and Safety" set Friday, April 30.
Amb. Francis Chua, founding chairman of ICCP and chairman emeritus of PCCI, said the summit will provide information on the status of the global distribution of the vaccines against Covid-19.
"We know how critical this vaccination program is to achieve herd immunity faster and hasten our socioeconomic recovery. This is why we have to make sure the inoculation programs of the government and the private sector will be effective, safe, and equitable," Chua said.
Amb. Benedicto V. Yujuico, president of PCCI and ICCP, also highlighted the importance of equitable administration of the vaccine to the speedy rebuilding and recovery of the country's economy and society.
Leading the presenters at the summit are: Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso Mayor, City of Manila; Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer and vaccine czar, National Task Force Against Covid-19; His Excellency Huang Xilian Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of the Philippines; His Excellency Marat I. Pavlov Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of the Philippines; and Dr. Sutayut Osornprasop Senior Human Development Specialist, Global Practice on Health, Nutrition, and Population, World Bank Group.
Participating in the panel discussions are: Jose Ma. Concepcion III, Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship and president/CEO of RFM Corporation; Jannette Jakosalem, chief business officer, Zuellig Pharma Corporation; Dr. Luningning Villa Medical and Regulatory Affairs Director, Faberco Life Sciences Inc.; Dr. Allan Landrito, Concerned Doctors and Citizens of the Philippines (CDC Ph); Dr. Sergio Ortiz Luis Jr., honorary chairman and director for CSR, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and president, Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP); Dr. Beverly Ho, director for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Control Bureau, Department of Health; Dr. Samuel Ang, administrator, Chinese General Hospital; and Jesus Varela, chairman, GS1 Philippines Inc. and director general, International Chamber of Commerce Philippines (ICCP).
Roberto Amores, director for Agriculture and Fishery Committee, vice chair for Asia and Asean Affairs Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), and Board of Director and Treasurer, International Chamber of Commerce Philippines (ICCP), and Mary Grace Khu, TV and event host, will serve as hosts of the Summit.
Setting the tone of the discussions are; Yujuico; Chua; John W.H. Denton, secretary general, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); and Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, president, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc., through their opening statements. (PR)