Apr 4, 2021 @ 11:11

De Lima scolds IATF for fixation on regulating private sector’s vaccine purchases

Senator Leila De Lima scolded the Inter-Agency Task Force for making it unduly hard for businesses to bring in COVID-19 vaccines when they are very much willing to cover for the cost.

“Not only is this making vaccines practically unavailable to already distressed companies, this regime is also using access to vaccine a political tool for patronage politics and influence peddling,” the detained abogado said in a Saturday statement. “Buhay ang nakasalalay sa mabilisang pagpapabakuna, at kung ang gobyerno mismo ang nagpapabagal dito, anong silbi pa ng pakikialam nila?”

De Lima also suggested other pressing matters which the IATF should focus on, such as stopping vaccine smuggling like what members of the Presidential Security Group did, and in curtailing the vaccine black market.

“Kung imbes na pahirapan ang pribadong sektor na makakuha ng bakuna ay payagan natin silang tumulong ay mas marami tayong mababakunahan bago maging huli na ang lahat para sa marami nating kababayan,” she added. “Panahon na siguro para bawasan nila Duque at Duterte ang pamumulitika at red tape para man lang sa ikabubuti ng ating bansa.”

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