NCAA finds big ally in fight vs pandemic

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    THE NCAA is out to give its student athletes a shot in the arm, literally and figuratively.

    Fr. Vic Calvo, OP, of host Letran, the 96th season Management Committee chairman, said the league is linking up with pharmaceutical company Unilab for its inoculation plans.

    The NCAA is seeking help from Dr. Jose Paulo Campos, league Policy Board member and Emilio Aguinaldo College president, whose family partly owns Unilab, the distributor of the Covovax vaccine brand.

    “Naka-earmarked sa budget ng season 96. I talked to Policy Board (president) Fr. Clarence (Marquez, OP) that we will order vaccines for all the schools for tournaments like basketball and volleyball at least kung available na siya (vaccines),” Calvo said last Tuesday in the online Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum.

    “Mukhang available naman based doon sa narinig ko kay President Duterte that he will allow the private sector to purchase vaccines para sa employees nila. Sabi sa amin ng Unilab kailangan pipila ka, mahaba iyong pila. Madami nang umo-order ngayon,” he added.

    Calvo said the jabs would likely be available in May, adding it helps that they have a member school willing to help.

    “By May, it is available sabi ng Unilab. Other schools tingin ko doon din sila o-order.

    Mukhang maganda naman ang terms because of course EAC is a member of the NCAA so mas maganda iyong usapan when it comes to the vaccines,” Calvo said in the public sports program presented by San Miguel Corp., Go For Gold, Milo, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., and powered by Smart and Upstream Media as official webcast partner.

    “We will finance the vaccination of athletes and officials.”

    The country’s oldest collegiate league is plodding on with its new season with online and hybrid events due to the lingering health perils and uncertainties brought about by the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.