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Hontiveros hits PSG's use of 'smuggled' vaccines: 'Gov't officials are never above the law'

 By Rjay Zuriaga Castor

Senator Risa Hontiveros (PHOTO: ABS-CBN News)

MANILA – Senator Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday took a swipe at inoculation against COVID-19 of Presidential Security Group (PSG) members– government officials, presidential guards and soldiers, with a vaccine from China which have not yet been granted regulatory approval.

"Government officials are never above the law. A COVID vaccine sourced from the black market is intolerable. It is illegal, unethical, costly to public health. Even worse, mukhang sanctioned & initiated ito by high ranking officials," Hontiveros said in a tweet.

"Siguraduhin ng AFP na may mananagot," she added.

Malacañang, however, insists that the vaccines from Sinopharm were given for free even though no one in the administration is able to identify who exactly who they were from or how they entered the country.

Hontiveros further slammed the administering of the unregulated vaccines as "another supposed whiff of corruption," saying that it blatantly disregard transparency to the public.

"Dapat mag-submit agad ng transparency report ang NTF (National Task Force Against COVID-19). Hindi katanggap-tanggap na hindi alam ng publiko kung ano na ang nangyayari sa vaccination plan at sa bilyon-bilyong piso nilang gagamitin para sa vaccine procurement," the senior said.

In addition to this, regardless of whether the vaccines were gifted as the administration claims, Republic Act 9711, or FDA ACT of 2009, prohibits the entry of unregistered drugs into the Philippines: "The manufacture, importation, exportation, sale, offering for sale, distribution, transfer, non-consumer use, promotion, advertisement, or sponsorship of any health product which, although requiring registration, is not registered with the FDA pursuant to this Act [ is prohibited]."


READ TWEET HERE: https://twitter.com/risahontiveros/status/1344159533791236096?s=19 

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