Health Secretary Francisco Duque III failed to secure documentary requirements needed to get the 10 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to be shipped on January 2021, said Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday.
According to reports by Inquirer.net, Lacson said the negotiation between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. as arranged by Ambassador to the US Jose Romualdez started in July this year.
“They could have secured the delivery of 10 million Pfizer vaccines as early as January next year, way ahead of Singapore but for the indifference of Sec. Duque who failed to work on the necessary documentary requirement namely, the Confidentiality Disclosure Agreement (CDA) as he should have done,” Lacson said in a message to reporters.
“The country representative of Pfizer was even following up on the submission of such documentary requirements,” he added.
Lacson also said that Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III already gave the assurance that funds would be “made available” for the Pfizer vaccines.