Pompeo to help restore part of 10M vaccine doses for PH

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said US  State Secretary Michael Pompeo will help Manila get back a “fraction” of the 10 million doses of Pfizer vaccine which the Philippines failed to secure for certain reasons,

“I asked him (Pompeo) to help Babe (Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez) and I was told we may get back even a fraction of the 10 million doses of Pfizer after someone dropped the ball. He’ll give it his best try,” he said after a phone conversation with the US top diplomat.

Aside from Pfizer, Locsin said Romualdez is working also to secure vaccines from American biotechnology firm Moderna. He previously said the Philippines was supposed to secure some 10 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine as early as January 2021, but the deal did not push through after a certain someone “dropped the ball.”

Senator Panfilo Lacson later said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III failed to act quickly on the confidentiality disclosure agreement (CDA) with Pfizer, missing the opportunity to get an early delivery date for the vaccine to Manila.

For his part, Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said “no bus was missed” and “no ball was dropped” because the government is focused on its main goal to conclude the deal.

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