Senator Risa Hontiveros said Wednesday that the government should buy a COVID-19 vaccine based on science rather than political favors.
She made the remark after Malacanang insisted that the “target remains that Sinovac will be the first that we can use to vaccinate our people and it will be in the first quarter of next year.”
Earlier, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez said that the country is set to sign a COVID-19 vaccine deal with Chinese manufacturer Sinovac by the first quarter of 2021 for 25 million doses.
“There are multiple and undeniable issues surrounding the vaccine offered by China, including transparency of data and results, emerging side effects as seen in Peru, and even a company history of bribery,” Hontiveros said in a statement.
“This is enough reason to worry. If we want people to trust the government’s decisions and to trust vaccination, we need to earn it. There should be no compromises. Follow the protocol,” she added.
Hontiveros noted that Sinovac’s CoronaVac is one of the most expensive vaccines available at around P3,600.