Galvez apologizes over remark ‘hurting’ senators’ feelings

 By Deighton Acuin

PHOTO: NTF COVID-19/Manila Bulletin

Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr. on Friday apologized for a comment made against senators amid Senate probe into government’s plan on coronavirus vaccination.

“I would like to make public for whatever statement that I made, I would make an apology if I’ve hurt your feelings,” Galvez told senators as the chamber opened its third hearing on the national vaccine program.

Last week, Senator Panfilo Lacson took Galvez to task as he “virtually accused” some senators of “‘demonizing vaccine developers or hurting the ongoing negotiations of our government with vaccine manufacturers and suppliers apparently referring to Sinovac.”

Lacson said Thursday that Galvez personally apologized over his remarks in a meeting late Wednesday.

During the Friday’s hearing, the vaccine czar expressed respect to the Senate’s oversight function on government’s inoculation plan.

“I would also like to put on record that we recognize and respect the oversight functions of the Senate given that we all share the same objective which is to ensure that the Filipino people will have access to safe, effective, and cost-efficient vaccines,” he said.

“I sincerely appreciated the role of the Senate in helping us to explain to our countrymen the complicated process involved in negotiating and procuring vaccines for the country,” he added.

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