The plan of some mayors to buy coronavirus vaccines for their constituents would reduce the amount of money the Duterte administration would need to borrow for inoculation, Malacañang said, even as it stressed that all purchases should involve the national government.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the national government would welcome any funding from local government units to be used to ensure Filipinos’ access to vaccines.
Roque clarified that the national government would still take part in all COVID-19 vaccine procurements. He added the geographical priorities set by the government’s pandemic task force would also be followed. Under the plan, pandemic-affected areas like Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Central Luzon, Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro would be prioritized to promote economic activity.
The Philippine government is planning to borrow over 73 billion pesos to purchase vaccines for 60 million Filipinos.