Pass responsibility of COVID-19 vaccine procurement to citizens, incoming Marcos admin urged

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MANILA, Philippines — The responsibility of procuring COVID-19 vaccines should be passed on to citizens as the country gradually transitions out of the pandemic, outgoing presidential adviser for entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said Thursday.

Concepcion made the remark as he noted some possible recommendations for President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who will officially assume his post this afternoon.

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“Hopefully we send him a recommendation on how we can transition gradually from this pandemic to endemic and there are key points that have to be done,” Concepcion said in an interview on ABS-CBN News Channel.

Concepcion said that the public has to be allowed to procure vaccines.

“We have to get vaccine manufacturers to apply for a certificate of product registration. Why is that important? Because I believe that taking care of our health is not just the role of the government,” Concepcion said.