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November 18, 2020

Budget deficiency for the supply chain of the vaccine: Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, during Wednesday’s plenary deliberation on the proposed Department of Health (DOH) budget for next year, asked how the agency could fight the Covid-19 pandemic and prepare the country “in nursing the battle scars when this crisis come to pass," given the “terrible” cut in the DOH budget next year. Sen. Pia Cayetano said that while the DOH is satisfied with its budget for the Covid-19 response, it has no budget for the supply chain-related expenses such as storage of the vaccines, transportation, training of inoculators and other incidental expenses. “There are expenses for those and we have to find a way to cover that because it's not in the budget,” Cayetano said. (Screen grab/Senate PRIB)