The national government should also be looking at including farmers in its plan to inoculate 50 to 70 million Filipinos with coronavirus vaccines in 2021 given their essential contributions amid the pandemic, a lawmaker said.
Representative Argel Cabatbat of Magsasaka Party-list highlighted the agricultural sector’s work amid the coronavirus-induced quarantines, calling farmers — among the poorest sectors in the Philippines — essential workers in their own right.
The Commission on Human Rights, however, noted that the global pandemic only worsened the existing inequalities faced by both sectors.
The Philippine government signed an agreement to secure the supply of 30 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Serum Institute of India. This comes as several local governments across the country also signed their own deals with British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca to secure doses of its coronavirus vaccine for their constituents.