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Prez Duterte: Poor Filipinos first to receive COVID-19 vaccine by December

FILE PHOTO: A nurse gets a swab from a man under observation for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a booth set up in a hospital parking lot in Manila, Philippines, April 15, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Poor Filipinos will be the first ones to receive the vaccine against the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) once it is made available by December, President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday.

The President was referring to the vaccine he is expecting from China.

“Meron akong nakuha from China, magtiis lang kayo ng konti. I could not utter a single thing about roadmap to recovery kasi ang una talaga diyan, medicine,” Duterte said.

“By December, we would be back to normal. By December, tapos ito lahat. Ito ang guarantee ko, ang unang makakatanggap, ‘yung sa mahirap, ‘yung binibigyan ng assistance ng gobyerno, iyong mga nasa ospital, tapos middle income. Libre ito,” he added.

According to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, the said vaccine for COVID-19 would cost around Php 20 billion.

As of Thursday, the Philippines logged 89,374 cases of coronavirus with 1,983 deaths and 65,064 recoveries.

Duterte stated that middle-income citizens will follow, as well as the military and police, whom he called the “backbone” of his administration.

“Ang una talaga ‘yung mga tao sa listahan na tumatanggap ng assistance sa gobyerno. Ngayon, pangalawa, ‘yung middle income. Libre ito, hindi ko ito ipagbili,” Duterte said.

“‘Yung mga upper income bumili na lang kayo,” the President noted.

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