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No blame game for Duterte in delayed COVID-19 vaccine roll out – Nograles

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that President Rodrigo Duterte did not blame anybody for the delays in the delivery of the coronavirus vaccine to the country.

Nograles made the statement in a press briefing if the President is holding someone accountable over the delayed arrival of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX and the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines which were supposed to arrive February 15 and February 23.

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“Alam mo, si Pangulo, he understands that we are at the receiving end of these vaccines. As much as we want to… as practicable as possible… ginagawa naman po natin ang lahat ng kinakailangan based on requirements,” Nograles said in a virtual briefing.

“But at the end of the day, it is the vaccine manufacturers’ obligation, the responsibility to ship it to us at a time that was promised,” Nograles added.

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Nograles said that it is up to the Chinese government on when will they ship the vaccines to be donated to the country.

The Food and Drug Administration or FDA issued the emergency use authorization to Sinovac vaccines on Monday.

The FDA however does not recommend it to healthcare workers over its 50% efficacy for healthcare workers. (TDT)

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