SONA 2021: Assessing the Philippine government’s pandemic response

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte will go down in history as the Philippine leader in power when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Just like the rest of the world, his administration aims to bring down the number of cases over time in order to reduce deaths and to eventually achieve herd immunity.

But with a year left in office, where is the Duterte administration in dealing with the global health crisis? Read our three-part series. 

Part 1: The 3Ts: Finding the weakest link

Test, trace, treat, and isolate are the primary pillars of the government's pandemic response. But one remains the weakest link, more than a year into the health crisis.

Part 2: Vaccination: Sourcing the shots that save

A significant portion of the country's population should be protected against COVID-19 through vaccination. However, four months into the government's program, only a measly 3% have been fully vaccinated.

Part 3: Variants: How is it hampering COVID-19 recovery?

Health experts lament that the Philippine government has always been late in sealing its borders — since the start of the pandemic and until now that more transmissible coronavirus variants are emerging.