Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez is confident that the Philippines can fully re-open its economy after vaccinating 50% of its 110 million population.
In an interview, Secretary Galvez cited the records from other countries like Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States where COVID-19 cases decreased following the vaccination of 30% of its population.
The vaccine czar said that the decrease in Covid-19 cases has prompted the lifting of quarantine restrictions in those countries.
Secretary Galvez says that we can see the threshold that once we inoculate 30% of our population, we can open up some restrictions and then we can open up fully our economy if we inoculate 50% of our population.
He is also confident the government can achieve its target of vaccinating 70% of the country’s population by end of 2021.
Last Monday, the Department of Health (DoH) reported that more than 1.2 million individuals have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of May 30.
It is barely three months after the government started its vaccination roll-out.
DoH also reported that a total of 5,180,721 doses have been administered nationwide.
Both Secretary Galvez and the DoH believes that the phase of the vaccine roll-out will become faster the moment the bulk of vaccines arrives in the country.
The government also assured the public that all of the vaccines will be used and nothing will be put to waste.
Meanwhile, the Department of Tourism (DoT) announced that people in the so-called NCR Plus may now visit modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) areas for tourism purposes.
Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat says that finally the IATF, DoH and health experts approved that people from NCR Plus can already travel to various tourist destinations.
But the DOT chief is quick to clarify that the local government units (LGUs) still have the final word if they would allow tourism in their areas.
The NCR Plus consists of Metro Manila and adjacent provinces Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.