Senators hit proposed private sector vaccine procurement ban

MANILA, Philippines — The plan of the Department of Health (DOH) to bar infant milk manufacturers, sugary beverage makers and other private firms from procuring COVID-19 vaccines for their workers is illegal, unauthorized and exposes officials to criminal charges, lawmakers warned yesterday. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon expressed alarm over the DOH’s plan – either in the form of a department order or the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act or Republic Act 11525 – to block select firms from procuring their own vaccines. “I am deeply disturb…

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