Lawmakers have upbraided unnamed government functionaries for insisting on the acquisition of certain low-efficacy vaccines at the risk of endangering the lives of countless Filipinos.
Senators Frankin Drilon and Juan Miguel Zubiri were incredulous at reports that health officials were keen on purchasing vaccines from China that are only 50-percent effective when there are better alternatives on the market – such as the Pfizer brand which touts an 95 percent efficacy rate, Moderna with 94 percent and AstraZeneca with 70 percent.
“The plan to get vaccines with only 50-percent efficacy is totally unacceptable and a total waste of funds. That there’s a 50-50 chance of getting Covid even after being vaccinated is a joke…all the more so for seniors,” Zubiri said.
Drilon said that Sec. Carlito Galvez, who is on top of the vaccine-procurement effort of the government, has to consider the opinion of the scientific community and wait for clearer guideline before buying low-efficacy vaccines as the lives and the future of Filipinos are at stake.
Agusan del Norte Rep. Lawrence Fortun agreed it would be “nonsense” to purchase low-efficacy vaccines.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said earlier that vaccines with a 50-percent efficacy rate are acceptable to the World Health Organization (WHO).