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Galvez told: Be careful vs 'unscrupulous others' amid vaccine talks

 By Deighton Acuin and Archie Villaflores

PHOTO: Inquirer.net/Senate PRIB

Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr. has been told by senators to be wary of “unscrupulous” individuals taking advantage to government’s negotiations for coronavirus vaccine purchase, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Friday.

During the third hearing on government’s inoculation plan, Sotto mentioned the details of the meeting conducted last Wednesday.

“We were assured by Sec. Galvez of utmost transparency and I’m sure we can look into the negotiations at any time,” Sotto said. Senators Panfilo Lacson and Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa also joined the meeting.

“On our part, we warned him of the possibility of some unscrupulous others who might take advantage of these negotiations,” Sotto added.

According to Sotto, Galvez “promised to keep the Senate posted on the goings-on relative to the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines.”

He added that Galvez showed them documents on vaccine deals to be surely beneficial to the public.

The meeting with the lawmakers was upon President Rodrigo Duterte’s command, who earlier defended the government officials’ reluctance to publicly disclose the price offered by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac for its vaccines.

The government earlier sealed 25 million vaccine doses from the Chinese firm.

However, the exact price remains undisclosed, citing the confidential documents signed with the pharmaceutical company.


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