Tap locally-made syringes to address supply shortfall — Bongbong

Tap locally-made syringes to address supply shortfall — Bongbong

MANILA — Presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. urged the government to prioritize using locally-made syringes to address the supply shortage that threatens to impede the country’s vaccination program.

The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer said there is a need to address the problem as the government is now getting closer to its goal of inoculating 50 percent Filipinos by the end of the year.

“Maganda na ang development ng ating pagbabakuna ngunit kung ito ay panandaliang hihinto o babagal dahil sa kakulangan ng supply sa hiringgilya. Nararapat na magawan ito agad ng paraan dahil buhay at kaligtasan ng ating mga kababayan ang nakasalalay,” Marcos said.

The Department of Health (DoH) said there is already a global shortfall in syringe supply, which prompted them to use an alternative needle. That syringe was initially intended to test patients for tuberculosis but is now being used for the mRNA vaccines, specifically Pfizer and Moderna.

Marcos added that it would be better if the national government procured the syringe from the local manufacturers instead of letting LGUS source it.

He added supporting local manufacturers of medical supplies would create more jobs and help stimulate economic recovery.

Marcos also said sourcing the syringes locally will ensure consistent supply and replenishment since the country will not rely on outside sources that may be affected by global supply chain issues.

“Napakahalagang sinusuportahan natin ang sariling atin. Mas makakasiguro pa tayo na darating sa tamang oras ang mga supply na kailangan natin sa pagbabakuna. Ang pagsuporta sa mga local manufacturers ay malaking tulong sa kanila upang makapagbigay sila ng trabaho at dagdag na kita sa ating bansa,” the Presidential aspirant said.

As of now, there are only three local manufacturers of syringes in the country, which is why Marcos said there is also a need to establish start-up companies that will help develop local production.

The National Task Force Against COVID-19 said the country has already received a total of 123,258,340 COVID-19 vaccine doses since February. Of this number, 69,713, 994 were already administered to Filipinos.

“Dapat pa nating pag-igihin ang ating programa sa pagbabakuna upang mas maraming sa ating mga kababayan ang mahikayat at tuluyan na tayong makabangon sa pandemyang ito,” Marcos said. (ai/mtvn)

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