Resolve legal issues on vaccine procurement, MAP tells gov’t

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    The Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) yesterday said government should thresh out the legal issues in allowing private sector to import vaccines for the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

    MAP in a statement yesterday also expressed hope the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status of the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus will not be extended.

    “The pronouncement of the President on private sector procurement of vaccines is welcome and we hope the legal issues surrounding this can be addressed immediately.,” MAP said, without specifying.

    But in the past,  government participation in importation through tripartite agreement as well as an indemnification clause have been tagged as the hindrances to  allowing private entities procure their own vaccines for their employees.

    MAP said  the current lockdown and any further extensions should be used to quickly augment the country’s  healthcare capacity and infrastructure, including massive testing in areas with high case counts.

    The group said after a year of lockdowns, even large businesses are hurting and many smaller ones are on the verge of closing or have closed.

    “We understand that this is contingent on containing the rapid rise in cases. However, we hope the government also takes appropriate measures to avoid further collapse of the economy, such as providing support for businesses to help them mitigate the impact of the pandemic.