Senator Ping Lacson (left) and SP Tito Sotto
By Junex Doronio
MANILA — IT TAKES A LOT OF GUTS for one to take a vaccine for the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) which only recently concluded its late-stage trials but Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez have dared to be inoculated with.
“Si Senator Lacson, ang tapang. Immunized na ‘yun, nagpa-injection na ‘yun. Nauna na siya, sila ni Martin Romualdez… parang pareho sa Pfizer,” Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III revealed on Saturday in a radio interview.
Sotto said that the 72-year-old Lacson told him he felt as if he was 30-years-old after being inoculated.
“He (Lacson) feels daw like he is 30-years-old. Tapos bihira na nga magmask, eh. Dati makikita mo ‘yun naka-mask, naka face shield. Immunize na siya,” Sotto said with amazement.
Sotto bared that Lacson and Romualdez had been inoculated with a vaccine “parang pareho sa Pfizer,” which only recently concluded its late-stage trials.
He added that others have also taken the vaccine but did not identify the individuals.
“Meron na pero ‘yung iba kasi matatapang na nagpapauna. Ang biruan nga namin ni Senator Lacson, sabi niya partner pa-immunize ka na. Sabi ko teka muna titignan muna kita. Pag nitong Pasko, nakikilala mo pa ako. Baka mamaya pag-dating ng isang araw sabihin sa akin, who are you?” Sotto said.
Lacson and Romualdez have not yet confirmed Sotto’s claim as of this posting.
It was learned that Pfizer had announced that the efficacy of the vaccine was consistent across age and ethnicity demographics and that there were no major side effects, a sign that the immunization could be employed broadly around the world.
On the other hand, US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar previously said the vaccine from Pfizer could be ready for US authorization and distribution within weeks. (AI/MTVN)