The Communist Party of the Philippines on 10 January expressed deep concern for the health and welfare of the Filipino people and urged them to get Covid-19 vaccination. It declared that the people must overcome their fear of vaccines. “Let us base our decision on publicly available scientific information, as well as findings of regulatory bodies, concerning the efficacy and safety of the Covid-19 vaccines being developed by pharmaceutical companies.”
The CPP called on all Party units to carry out an information campaign to raise the people's awareness of vaccines, in line with the revolutionary movement’s campaign to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infections.
“Vaccines are among the most important scientific achievement of humanity in the fight against debilitating diseases and in improving people's quality of life,” the CPP said. “It is thus a great offense that the Duterte government has done nothing to help raise the country's capability to do research and develop vaccines.”
The Party called on the people to raise the demand for free vaccines to all. “The people must be made aware of the crucial responsibility of the state to provide the people with free vaccines to ensure a large majority of the population are immunized from the disease.”
The CPP cited that advanced capitalist countries as well as less developed countries, have already rolled out millions of vaccines for their citizens for free. The Party accused the Duterte government of failing to draw up a comprehensive plan for inoculating the Philippine population. “The regime allotted a mere 2.7% of the required PhP 27 billion to vaccinate 60% of Filipinos. This reveals that it has absolutely no plan to lead a major vaccination campaign.”
It stressed that the Duterte's government's efforts to acquire vaccines have been mired in controversy. “His officials jockey against each other in the race to bag the juicy contracts and earn their kickbacks. The unauthorized and secret inoculation of Duterte’s security guards and cabinet members, using smuggled vaccines even before any vaccine could be authorized, has offended health workers and the Filipino people.”
The Duterte government compels local government units and private companies to buy vaccines for their own needs. “This has caused a great divide between the haves and have-nots across the country,” the CPP said.