In one of the most appalling assessments of the Covid19 situation – coming on the heels of the worst outbreak ever which saw the Philippines become the “worst country in Southeast Asia” in terms of infections with around 150,000 active cases (and counting) – President Duterte cautioned the public to brace themselves for the worst-case scenario.
“Marami pang mamamatay dito (Many more are going to die),” he said during a public address last week in Malacanang.
Duterte said the country’s Covid scenario, unfortunately, is expected to get worse before it gets better, as his handpicked officials cannot get their hands on adequate vaccine supplies to address the needs of 70 million Filipinos to achieve herd immunity.
“I think before it gets better, we’ll have to go through the worst of times,” he said.
(Ironically, according to internet reports, certain countries are literally drowning in vaccines. It is touted that Canada has a stockpile that is large enough to vaccinate its 40 million population NINE TIMES OVER, while the United States has enough vaccines to inoculate their 330 million citizens for FOUR TIMES.)
Compounding the fears of the public of runaway Covid infections is that the IATF and the Department of Health are totally at a loss when the coveted vaccines would be made available locally.
Mr. Duterte admitted during the same televised briefing that even he himself is clueless when the country would receive the needed supplies of vaccines to satisfy the needs of the public.
Most obviously this runs counter to the “fearless forecast” of vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez that the government is on target to vaccinate 70 million Filipinos before yearend which is why a “better Christmas” is in sight.
However, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Ghebreyesus had earlier raised the disconcerting fact that a whopping 87 percent of Covid19 vaccines had been lapped up by high-income countries like the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Denmark, leaving poor countries with crumbs.
Ironically, Malacanang apologists have been insisting that the government has been performing an “excellent job” in handling the Covid pandemic during the past year.