Palace says possibility of Duterte getting COVID jab first not ruled out

 By Deighton Acuin and Archie Villaflores

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MalacaƱang said Thursday the possibility of President Rodrigo Duterte to be the first COVID-19 vaccine recipient is not ruled out despite his pronouncements that government officials will be the last receivers.

“Hindi pa po iyan sigurado ‘no. Sinabi po niya iyon kagabi dahil ang mensahe niya dapat mauna talaga ang mga dukha, ang mga mahirap na mabigyan ng proteksiyon,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online briefing.

“Pero kung talagang kinakailangan na mauna ang Presidente para magkaroon ng kumpiyansa ang taumbayan, hindi ko naman po sinasabing imposibleng mangyari pa rin iyon dahil sinabi nga niya noon na mauuna siyang magpabakuna,” Roque added.

In his weekly Talk to the People, Duterte said that medical professionals are the ones prioritized for inoculation.

“Pagdating ng ano, kung milyon ‘yan, magsabay-sabay na kayo lahat, at saka huli na kami. Kung may maiwan, para sa amin,” the President said.

An earlier survey released by Pulse Asia showed that nearly half of Filipinos do not want to get coronavirus jabs as they cited concerns of safety.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo already received first vaccine dose as the country started its mass vaccination drive.

United States President-elect Joe Biden and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II also received COVID-19 jabs.


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