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The Government Is Ready to Sell Our Assets for a COVID-19 Vaccine

There's no vaccine yet, but that's the plan.
by Clara Rosales
Jul 3, 2020
Photo/s: CDC

The Philippine government is prepared to sell the country’s assets in order to fun the purchase of a COVID-19 vaccine once it is available, the Palace said on July 3.


As of writing, there is no certified treatment, cure, or vaccine for COVID-19 yet.


“Basta po mayroon ng gamot diyan sa COVID-19. Basta may bakuna, ibebenta natin lahat ng ari-arian ng gobyerno para makabili po tayo para sa ating mga kababayan,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing.


He also stressed the President Rodrigo Duterte prioritized lives over the country’s assets.


“Iyan po ang paninindigan ni Presidente, buhay muna bago ari-arian.”


In April, Duterte said selling the country’s assets could be an option should funds for COVID-19 response and relief run out.


Additionally, Duterte said all countries should be given fair and easy access to COVID-19 treatments, cures, and vaccines once discovered and made available.

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