The disarray at the national level in the acquisition of the vaccines against
Covid-19 proves disappointing for an administration led
by what his loyal supporters
described as the best president in the universe.
President Rodrigo Roa
Duterte promised the vaccines by the end of 2020
would be his strategy against
Covid-19. The end of the
pandemic in the Philippines
should signal the start of our
economic comeback. However, 2020 ended with acquisition controversies.
The presidents’ guards
got injected with vaccines
described by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana as
smuggled. Foreign Secretary
Teodoro Locsin Jr. accused
Health Secretary Francisco
Duque III as having messed
up acquisition of the USmade vaccine. The president
himself prefers the Chinese-made Sinovac which
is reported to be the most
expensive and only 50% in
efficacy. The national budget
for buying vaccines is but a
small percentage compared
to other administration priorities.
Nevertheless, the New
Year presents hope. No matter the controversies now,
vaccines will arrive within
the year. The earliest would
be this March.
Considering the lack of
money and perhaps supplies
for poorer countries like
ours, not all will receive their
first does within the year.
Still, can the administration risk not inject vaccines to potential voters by
October 2021? Or perhaps
by the end of this year? Will
they not, despite the incompetence, move heaven and
earth to provide their potential supporters with these
protection against Covid-19?
If they can import smuggled
vaccines just to protect the
president, they can move to
increase the chances of victory for his successor.
The same question can
be hurled at other political
players. We can even challenge our tycoons. If you
want to be at the forefront
of post-Covid economic recovery, you should ensure
your stakeholders, and that
includes employees, suppliers, and even customers, are
inoculated against the coronavirus.
The New Year’s resolution for 2021 should be early