Leachon Out As COVID-19 Task Force Adviser

Dr. Tony Leachon said Wednesday he was no longer an adviser of the government’s national task force on COVID-19.

In a tweet, Leachon said he was no longer adviser to Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the national action plan against COVID-19.

When asked in a TV interview if he was fired or if he stepped down as adviser, Leachon replied, “I think I was asked to resign. It’s an acceptance on my part because it would be a shame to be a burden to Secretary Galvez and I have the highest respect for [him].”

The health reform advocate said his manner of communicating with the public did not align with the communication strategy of Malacañang.

In another TV interview, Leachon said Health Secretary Francisco Duque should “step up.” He also advised Duque to “perhaps reflect, rest and recharge.”

Leachon also tweeted he believes the DOH “has lost focus” in risk communication, priorities, data management and execution of plans.

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