Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 10) Vice President Leni Robredo urged the government to increase its daily vaccination target to a million due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, mostly driven by the Delta variant.
“If you recall in my August message, I was saying dapat ini-aim na natin ang 750,000 jabs a day. Pero now, parang hindi na siya enough. We should aim for a higher number,” Robredo told CNN Philippines’ The Source. “Dapat nagmi-million na tayo a day if only masabayan natin or maunahan natin ang pagkalat ng Delta variant.”
[Translation: If you recall in my August message, I was saying we should be aiming for 750,000 jabs a day. But now, it seems like it’s not enough. We should aim for a higher number. We should be reaching about a million a day so we can catch up or get ahead of the spread of the Delta variant.]
Robredo previously offered a set of recommendations which included ramped up vaccination, testing capacity, and hospital readiness ahead of the enhanced community quarantine imposed in Metro Manila and other provinces.
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But even the Office of the Vice President is already feeling the “dramatic rise” in numbers as queries under its free teleconsultation service Bayanihan e-Konsulta rose to 402 yesterday alone. Robredo said in the past two months, they have only been attending to around a hundred cases daily.
“We need to recalibrate our efforts now because the Delta is a game changer. Mas delikado tayo (We are more at risk) compared to the previous surge,” she said.
Aside from increased vaccination, Robredo said the government should look at improving its testing capacity, the consolidated contact tracing system and realign its budgetary priorities to allocate about 1,000 more ICU beds in hospitals and improve the compensation of health workers.
The vice president noted that even while she appreciates the efforts of government agencies and the private sector, the administration must be “nimble and agile” to catch up with the evolving information about the Delta and other more transmissible COVID-19 variants.
The Philippines is now tagged as “high risk” for COVID-19 as cases rose by 47% nationwide, according to the Health Department. Malacañang said Tuesday that over 11.61 million Filipinos have so far been fully vaccinated against the virus.
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