Palace hopes 2021 will be a ‘year of healing’


Malacañang has expressed optimism Covid-19 vaccine will become available for Filipinos by the first quarter of 2021, which it hopes will be a “year of healing.”

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government has identified geographical and sectoral priorities for vaccine. “Negotiations and discussions with vaccine manufacturers are ongoing and tripartite agreements with the government, the private sector, and allied governments are now rolling,” he said.

Citing the Philippine National Vaccine Roadmap, he said the country in “indeed on track and this gives us a sense of optimism. We hope to see an end to the pandemic and continue the pursuit for a stronger and healthier Philippines,” he said.

Roque said these goals can be achieved if the government and citizens would work together to realize this goal. “Let us, therefore, make the Year 2021 as a year of healing, recovery, and bouncing back. Together and united, we will heal and recover as one,” he emphasized.

Roque also stressed the need to welcome the new year with renewed hope, courage, and inspiration as the country bids farewell to 2020 with its valuable lessons and memories.

“The challenges we faced as a nation in 2020 were daunting but because of the resilient Filipino spirit, we fought and carried on,” he added.

Under Phase 3 of its National Action Plan (NAP) against Covid-19, the country focuses on managing health risks, prevention and containment, strict adherence to minimum public health standards, and the establishment and initial rollout of the Covid-19 Vaccine Roadmap.

Several pharmaceutical firms including AstraZeneca, Pfizer Inc., Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax Inc, Sinovac, and Sputnik V have been identified as possible vaccine suppliers.

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