Faster than crisis: Isko Moreno touts Manila’s efficient COVID-19 response

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Manila Mayor Isko Moreno hyped the city government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis in his third State of the City Address on Thursday, July 15.

In his speech, Moreno said the city government already came up with a COVID-19 vaccination plan before the spike of COVID-19 cases in the country.

As early as January 5, the Manila City government has already signed a contract for the procurement of 800,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines and an agreement for the 400,000 doses of Sinovac was inked on April 28.

“Vaccination should be faster than infection. Vaccination is the solution,” Moreno said, noting that more 600,000 individuals have already received their first dose of vaccine while about 250,000 have already been fully vaccinated.

Moreno said the city government was able to build the Manila COVID-19 Field Hospital ahead of its 60-day target schedule. The 344-bed capacity hospital, he explained, was made in order to decongest the six district hospitals and be able to return to its full function and be able to cater other health concerns.

“Ang Maynila ay nagpatuloy na maghanda, nangarap. Katulad ng mga nabigkas ko na, kung kaya ng India, kung kaya ng Italya, kaya rin ng Pilipinas lalo na ang Lungosd ng Maynila,” Moreno said.

“We have to be ahead of the situation. Our capacity should always be ahead of the numbers of infection,” he added.