Now that the eagerly-awaited vaccines are about to arrive anytime soon, the entire state machinery is being utilized to ensure their seamless transport and arrival at their intended destinations.
The government is doing everything to eliminate as fast as possible the pandemic scourge, which for more than a year now has been wreaking havoc in our lives.
IT’S REALLY hard when we are fighting an unseen enemy like the Covid-19 pandemic, but harder still is how we can counterattack or retaliate, and eventually gain our victory.
This explains why our government officials are doing everything possible to combat and wipe out this scourge, which for more than a year now has been wreaking havoc in our lives.
And now that the eagerly-awaited vaccines are about to arrive anytime soon, the entire state machinery is being utilized to ensure their seamless transport and arrival at their intended destinations.
We were informed that these vaccines are temperature-sensitive and that they must be taken care of with all necessary precautions to ensure their efficacy.
And as an added cushion to ensure the optimum success of the planned national vaccination campaign, our lawmakers are proposing several legislations relative to the matter.
For his part, Sen. Sonny Angara wants to exempt from donor’s tax all donated products designed and necessary to the mitigation of novel coronavirus, foremost among them the Covid-19 vaccines.
Angara filed Senate Bill No. 2046, which would exempt all drugs, vaccines and medical devices specifically prescribed and directly used for the treatment of Covid-19.
Aside from vaccines, the measure also seeks to exempt from donor’s tax equipment, spare parts, and raw materials necessary for the production of all equipment and materials needed to combat the virus.
The list includes personal protective equipment, coveralls, gown, surgical cap, surgical masks, N-95 mask, scrub suits, goggles and face shield, double or surgical gloves, dedicated shoes and shoe covers and others.
"For purposes of the exemption, the donated articles shall not be intended for commercial use and shall be for free distribution to or use for the containment or mitigation of COVID-19," the bill read.
OpinYon supports this proposed measure because we believe that it is one of the better ways to solicit help from our more affluent allied countries that have the means to support us in our fight against the contagion.
Also, it will encourage many philanthropic individuals and groups to help us defeat this nuisance virus. Indeed, we need all the help we can get from our friends as we strive to get back on our feet after being ran to the ground by this unseen enemy for over a year now.(BR)