President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said Covid-19 vaccines ordered by the government had yet to arrive, amid several calls asking how the money for Covid-19 vaccines was spent.

“Sabi niyo, ‘Saan ang bakuna?’ Bakunang nabili? Wala. Wala tayong bakunang nabili. Wala pa,” he said in a televised address.

“Kung magdating man, mga next week siguro then that would be the time that they would notify… kayo.”

Duterte said the government had been using only donated vaccines from China and the World Health Organization’s Covax facility because they were the only ones available.

As of March 24, the Philippines has received 1,525,600 donated vaccine doses.

Senators Risa Hontiveros and Panfilo Lacson earlier questioned the pace of the country’s vaccination rollout and how the money borrowed for the purchase of vaccines was being used.

According to Finance Secretary Sonny Domínguez III, the country was not only using its loans for Covid-19 vaccines, but also for other projects amid the pandemic,

He however assured that the country had standby funds for the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines enough to inoculate every adult Filipino.

Duterte earlier asserted that the government’s procurement of Covid-19 vaccines was free of corruption because the money the government had borrowed remained “in the banks.” John Ezekiel J. Hirro