Robredo hopes to have access to vaccine supply

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 4) — Vice President Leni Robredo said that if her office would be allowed to have access to the country's vaccine supply, they could deploy the "Vaccine Express" program to more local government units.

During her weekly radio show Biserbisyong Leni, she said securing access to coronavirus shots would be a big push to her office's program in assisting LGUs in their vaccination drive.

Since their partnership with the City of Manila—inoculating transport workers late in June, many local executives have approached the Vice President's office for the same purpose.

"Malaking bagay kung mayroon kaming access. Simula nung nagstart kami sa Manila, ang daming LGUs ang nagco-contact sa amin, nagrerequest kung pwede dalhin 'yung Vaccine Express," she said.

[Translation: It would be a big help if we have access. Since we started in Manila, many LGUs have been contacting us, requesting if the Vaccine Express can also be deployed in their areas.]

However, Robredo stressed that they could bring the program to other LGUs if they have their own COVID-19 vaccines.

Robredo said her office's capacity is limited to logistics and vaccinators.

"Ang dami naming limitations. Hindi naman kami kumukuha ng COVID fund, binabawas namin sa operation ng opisina para makatulong," she said.

[Translation: We have many limitations. We don't ask for COVID funds, we finance our programs from our office's operating expenses.]