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Isko Moreno urges gov’t: Buy COVID-19 drugs instead of face shields

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Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has called on the government to purchase more drugs against COVID-19 instead of buying face shields, whose effectivity isn’t backed by science.

Moreno made the appeal as the local government of Manila ordered 40,000 capsules of Molnupiravir, a drug aimed at helping COVID-19 patients recover faster.

“So, kung ito yung mga bagay na makabubuhay sa tao, makapagdudugtong ng buhay ng tao, then I will not spend P4 billion for face shields. That’s P4 billion put to waste, wala namang science,” Moreno said in a television interview Tuesday, October 26.

The local government of Manila bought Molnupiravir at a cost of P87.50 per capsule, much lower than the cost of Remdesivir and Tocilizumab.

The drug will be given twice a day, for five days, to Covid patients with mild and moderate symptoms in seven hospitals, including the Sta. Ana Hospital.