President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday pleaded with the US to give the Philippines more vaccine doses to help in the country’s return to normalcy.

Duterte, during his Talk to the People address, said he was willing to procure available doses.

“I am just asking America to give us more kung mayroon lang sila…If there is an excess of supply sa inyo, pakitulong naman dito sa bayan ko,” Duterte said.

“We have the money, we buy, we do not
ask. We have saved money for this event,” he added.

The Philippines has so far received 42,575,350 Covid-19 vaccine doses.

Of the number, 26,639,090 were procured jabs.

Some 8,880,050 doses were donations from other countries, while 7,056,210 came from the Covax facility.

Duterte recently retained the Visiting Forces Agreement as a fair “give and take” for vaccines. John Ezekiel J. Hirro