Duterte certifies as urgent vaccine indemnification bills | Inquirer News

Duterte certifies as urgent vaccine indemnification bills

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 04:01 PM February 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday certified as urgent bills that provide for an indemnity fund for Covid-19 vaccines.

The Palace confirmed that the President signed the certification of urgency for Senate Bill No. 2057 and House Bill No. 8648, which seek to establish a vaccine indemnity fund and fast-track the procurement of vaccines.

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“The Palace confirms that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed today, February 18, 2021, the memorandum order on the fifteen percent limit on advanced payments for the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines and the certification of the urgency of the bills establishing a vaccine indemnity fund,” Malacañang said in a statement.

“We are confident that both documents would ensure the timely and efficient implementation of the government’s Covid-19 mass vaccination program,” it added.

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Malacañang has yet to provide a copy of the signed certification order.

Senate Bill No. 2057 seeks to fast-track the purchase and rollout of Covid-19 vaccines and establish a P500-million indemnification fund for adverse vaccine side effects.

Meanwhile, House Bill No. 8648 seeks to authorize local government units (LGUs) to give advance payments for Covid-19 vaccines.

Certifying the bill as urgent allows Congress to pass the measure on second and third reading on the same day.

/MUF
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