By Junex Doronio
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Hoping that the opposition-dominated City Council will not obstruct his plans, Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan has bared that he would like to allot P100 million for the purchase of “good quality brand but reasonable price” vaccines for all residents in this highly-urbanized city to prevent getting infected with the dreaded novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
The City Council — dominated by councilors loyal to former Mayor and now Congresswoman Paz Radaza — has yet to pass an ordinance on the mayor’s request for Covid-19 vaccines.
In its statement, the Lapu-Lapu City Public Information Office (PIO) said the frontliners, drivers, and vendors will be on the top of the mayor’s priority list to be vaccinated.
Chan said the amount will be in addition to the national government’s allocation to each local government unit (LGU) all over the country.
He reportedly requested Malacañang to include this city as one of the recipient LGUs for the national government’s vaccine distribution.
Chan said that he will seek the recommendation of Dr. Mary Jean Lorreche of the Department of Health in Region 7 (DOH-7) on what brand of vaccine to buy.
He noted that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-Philippines last December 28 approved the conduct of clinical trials (CT) of Covid-19 vaccine developed by Janssen Vaccines & Prevention B.V and the Clover Biopharmaceuticals AUS Pty Ltd. last January 8. (AI/MTVN)