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USAID, QC partner in Covid testing, vaxxing

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In support of the Philippines’ response efforts against COVID-19, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), led by Charge D’Affaires Heather Variava of the US Embassy to the Philippines have officially launched the COVID-19 mobile testing and vaccination units.

“We in the Quezon City government are profoundly grateful to the USAID) for choosing to support the city’s COVID-19 response. The deployment of these mobile COVID-19 testing and vaccination units in each of our six districts will bolster our current efforts in giving the people power to protect themselves from the deadly virus,” Belmonte said.


The deployment of mobile vaccination and testing teams are expected to expand and strengthen the city’s pandemic response efforts, benefit households with senior citizens and vulnerable people, and reach disadvantaged families residing in hard-to-reach areas.


According to Belmonte, also in line with the national government’s plan to prepare for potential surges and to ramp-up the vaccination roll-out, USAID will be supporting the city’s ProtekTODO campaign by mobilizing 30 health-care workers to assist in vaccine and testing operations in six districts.


The mobile vaccination teams will help contribute an estimated 12,000 shots monthly for people of Quezon City, while the mobile testing initiative will help contribute about 5,000 tests on top of the local government’s 20,000 monthly testing coverage.


“Months into this raging pandemic, the Quezon City government has worked tirelessly to get as many residents tested and hit our vaccination targets. Through USAID’s support, Quezon City can remain resilient and responsive in protecting the lives of many,” she said.


“We’re optimistic that this move will lead to the further decrease in the number of COVID cases and higher vaccination rate in remote barangays. The faster we can achieve population protection, will greatly benefit the city and its people. Soon we can open our economy further, and eventually give our youths more freedom of movement like the holding of face-to-face classes,” she added.


According to Variava, the Philippines and the United States share a unique and long-standing partnership.


As symbolism of the long lasting American-Philippine alliance, the vehicles used for mobile vaccine and swabbing units are jeepneys, a popular Filipino transportation which has its roots from transforming Willys Jeeps used by the Americans in the Philippines during World War II.
DALISAY NOLASCO

Photo: Manila Bulletin


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