NCAA still unsure on vaccine

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    THE NCAA is eyeing to get at least a 50 percent approval from its athletes and their parents regarding its vaccination plan.

    Speaking on condition of anonymity, a highly-reliable Malaya-Business Insight source said the league’s informal survey drew mixed responses from the players and their parents.

    “Iba-iba (responses.) Ang tingin ko kasi it depends on how you explain it to the athletes and their parents,” the source said. “Mas maganda na maka-hit ng at least 50 percent and then we go into a detailed update.”

    The source insisted the country’s oldest collegiate league will wait for the responses of other schools.

    “Ano ba iyan vaccine na iyan? Kasi hangga’t hindi natin nahi-hit iyong at least 50 percent, useless lang na i-educate mo sila. Masyadong malayo pa ang numbers,” the source said.

    “Hinihintay pa namin iyong response ng iba, mayroong ilang schools na nag-submit na, mayroong mga schools na mababa.”

    Companies such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Gamaleya have applied for vaccine emergency use in the Philippines.

    Pfizer and AstraZeneca’s application for emergency use has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

    The Philippines is currently among the developing nations waiting to procure vaccines for the killer pulmonary disease, with the first batch of doses, likely from the China-made Sinovac or Pfizer, expected to reach the local shores this month.