Jan 15, 2021 @ 16:03

#SINOVACumita: De Lima cites right to know price of vaccine purchases

Senator Leila De Lima cited the 1987 Constitution in demanding government to disclose how much each Sinovac dose sold to the Philippines costs.

The abogado said something is definitely fishy in the Inter-Agency Task Force’s secretive route towards vaccine procurement, saying no price nor number of doses in the supposed deal that will lead to the delivery of China-made vaccines to the Philippines by February.

“For reference, Indonesia’s State-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma confirmed in October last year that its procurement of the Sinovac vaccine will be priced at around 200,000 rupees or around ₱700 per dose when it became available. Meanwhile, submitted data by our government shows that we have procured the same at ₱3,629 per person or ₱1,815 per dose,” De Lima said, illustrating how the cost is more than double for the Philippines.

“What gives? Akala ko ba close tayo sa China? Four years of kowtowing to their every whim and demand and this is the best we can do?,” she added.

De Lima said people should not take vaccine czar Carlito Galvez’s word for it that Sinovac is cheaper.

“Kung walang itinatago, ilabas niyo ang mga resibo. Saklaw pa rin ang paksang ito ng karapatan ng taumbayan sa impormasyon sa ilalim ng Konstitusyon,” the detained former Justice Secretary added. “The right of the people to information on matters of public concern should not be consigned to the sidelines on the mere convenient excuse of a non-disclosure agreement that you have given no evidence of its actual existence.”

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