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Pasig City allocates P300M for COVID-19 vaccines for its residents

 Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto on Monday said that the govenment has allocated a P300-million budget for COVID-19 vaccines for its 755,000 residents.

"For now, we allocated roughly P300 million to purchase vaccines. However, this figure can still rise." Sotto told DZMM Teleradyo.

Sotto said that aside from working closely with DOH, the city is coordinating with different pharmaceutical companies. He added that approval from the Philippine Food and Drugs Association (FDA) is important for the vaccine they will procure.

The mayor said they could "easily realign more funds as we see that there are supplies available." Pasig slightly reduced spending in infrastructure last year to allocate more for emergency response for COVID-19, citing that "more than a quarter" of its 2020 budget went to health.

So far, no vaccine has been authorized for use in the country but inoculations have been done, particularly among members of the Presidential Security Group.

We saw a steady decline in our active COVID-19 cases but Christmas and New Year just happened. We also saw that even in other countries a spike in cases occurs after one, two, or three weeks after the holidays.


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