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Go praises a Senate investigation over vaccine waste

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On Monday, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go declared his willingness to open an investigation into claims of Covid-19 vaccine waste in the public and private sectors.

Go asserted that the public has a right to know what took place.

When asked how to make a sumobra, “Karapatan nating malaman. What happened? It is our right to know why there was an excess of goods. Kung ano talaga ang totoong nangyari at ‘di na mauulit ito at walang masayang. Why were they thrown away? So that it won’t happen again and there won’t be any more waste, we should be aware of what actually happened, Go said in an interview.

Expiration, a limited shelf life, damage from natural disasters and incorrect temperature, discoloration, and the presence of particles or floating materials are a few of the causes given for wastage.

Go noted that at the time when Covid-19 vaccinations were in short supply, the government was eager to get them.

“Walang masho-shortage na bakuna, talagang naniguro tayo. In the future, we will make sure there are no shortages of vaccines because that is the case with the other two. Now that others no longer want vaccinations, there was an excess supply, he explained.

Go stated that he is willing to invite former officials who were involved in the signing if it becomes necessary for the Committee on Health, which he chairs, to look into the non-disclosure agreement between the previous administration and pharmaceutical companies on the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines.

“If we need to call the former secretaries who were there during the signing of the non-disclosure agreement, I am in favor of transparency,” said the past secretary. I have no doubt that Rodrigo Duterte, the former president, supports transparency as well.

Go’s desire for a stronger vaccination program is more significant.

Officer-in-Charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire informed the plenary last week through Senator Pia Cayetano that approximately PHP15.6 billion worth of Covid-19 vaccines, or 31.3 million doses, were either wasted or not used. Cayetano was defending the 2023 budget of the Department of Health (DOH).

“The overall amount of waste is 31.3 million, or 12 percent of the total, which, if we include it, is within the permitted range. However, just because it is within the permitted percentage does not imply that DOH is not making an effort to raise that figure, Cayetano noted.

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