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Tuesday, August 03, 2021
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Pangan: Vaccine jabs, hooks and uppercuts

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THE JABS. Vaccines of various brands have been arriving in the country but still, more are needed to inoculate at least 70 percent of the population to, according to experts, achieve herd immunity.

Reports have it that some local government units (LGUs) experience a shortage in the vaccines to be jabbed into the arms of residents no matter what priority they are boxed in. Some reports disclose that priority A4 or the workers and economic frontliners have been inoculated and much later, the A5 and the indigents will be given the shots.

The Hooks. Already, the vaccines have been subject to speculations and possible trade. Some enterprising individuals have ventured into selling these vaccines to gullible persons at much competitive price, albeit illegally. Such enterprising Pinoys, indeed.

The Uppercuts. There have been unsubstantiated reports that this precious commodity -- the vaccines -- have been purchased at an overprice, resulting in lack of quality medium. These vaccines have given some individuals bright ideas to enrich themselves.

On the whole, the inoculation process has been administered regularly, thanks to the zealousness of the medical frontliners and the vaccinators.

Mayors Isko Moreno and Francis Zamora should be recognized for their steadfast advocacy to vaccinate as many constituents as the supply of vaccines can accommodate.

These two local chief executives deserve the gratitude of their respective constituents and the general public.

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Already, LGUs are crying out loud over the inadequacy of vaccine supply!

But the press releases of the government announce the arrival of million doses of several brands, enough to cover up the deficit in supply. Now, it is talking of inoculating A4 to A5 priority groups and much later the poor sector of the populace. Such tall order, this.

I wonder if there's hocus-pocus on the vaccine supply. And there's news that the G7 countries are donating billion doses to poorer countries, the Philippines included.

From a source of relief from the Covid-19 disease, the vaccines have been politicized and even been subject to corruption. Why is this so? Are the authorities tasked to battle Covid-19 corruptible? Just asking.


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