Creation of pandemic advisory group for private sector pushed
Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion on Thursday called for the formation of an advisory group of multidisciplinary experts that can guide the private sector on matters of public health and the economy, after two years of battling COVID-19.
Concepcion said he would meet today with some experts who helped in Go Negosyo’s pandemic response in the last two years. Among those invited are National Task Force Against Covid-19 Special Adviser Dr. Teddy Herbosa, Covid-19 Technical Working Group chair Dr. Nina Gloriani, Vaccine Expert Panel member Dr. Rontgene Solante, University of the Philippines Manila Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology director Dr. Edsel Salvaña, Philippine College of Physicians president Dr. Maricar Limpin, health reform advocate Dr. Tony Leachon, OCTA Research fellows Dr. Michael Tee, Prof. Ranjit Rye, Dr. Guido David and Fr. Nic Austriaco, and economist Romy Bernardo.
Go Negosyo lead advisor Josephine Romero will also be in the meeting. It will focus on three main points: the alert level system, the face mask mandate,and the vaccination drive, he said.
Citing the need for more clarity in communicating the many, complicated aspects of the pandemic, Concepcion said “People are (still) confused as to what advice to follow. Is it safe to wear masks outdoors? What conditions warrant the raising of alert levels? How come Covid vaccines are not available at the pharmacies? These are very simple questions but there seems to be a need to present a clearer picture of what we can and cannot safely do now.”
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