President Rodrigo Duterte has given assurance to the public that the Philippines will be “back to normal” by December 2020, as he expects to get coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from China.
“I promise you, by the grace of God, I hope by December, we would be back to normal,” Duterte said in a recorded video streaming on July 31, 2020.
“Meron akong bakuna. Ang hingin ko sa inyo ganito, magtiis lang kayo ng konti (I have the vaccine. I request you to wait a little bit),” Duterte said.
Duterte said China will give priority to the Philippines for the vaccine which is expected to be available by December 2020.
Duterte said he will prioritize poor Filipinos who are receiving government assistance when the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.
Middle-income families, the military, and the police will be next in line.
Duterte said the vaccine will be for free. “Libre ito, hindi ko ito ipagbili (This is for free, I will not sell it),” he said.
Duterte said the upper-income families who can afford can purchase the vaccine.
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said the government can finance the vaccine worth P20-billion for free for at least 20 million Filipinos. (iNews Philippines)