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Go warns vs complacency against Covid



Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go on Sunday cautioned against complacency in the fight against Covid-19, urging the public to sustain the momentum by upholding discipline, vigilance, cooperation and the bayanihan spirit.

“Let us not waste our gains in the fight against Covid-19 by lowering our defenses,” Go warned in his weekly column, “GOing Forward.”

He noted that the downward trend of Covid-19 cases attests to the effectiveness of science-based government pandemic response.

“Let us not squander the gains of our collective bayanihan efforts and sacrifices to defeat the pandemic,” he said.

Amid these developments, Go said the government’s vaccine rollout — which has fully vaccinated more than 25 million Filipinos, as of 21 October — continues to reach even more to ensure no one is left behind. The country has so far received 97 million vaccine doses, as of said date, with more than 55 million doses administered and almost 30 million Filipinos getting their initial dose as well.

The government, according to the senator, has also expanded the national immunization program to the general public, in accordance with vaccination guidelines recommended by health experts.

By the end of October, the government hopes to have fully vaccinated at least 85 percent of the eligible population in the NCR while expanding the rollout in the critical areas of Metro Cebu, Metro Davao, Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga and Rizal.

“As we continue to protect the lives of Filipinos through vaccination and other preventive measures, we are also working hard to protect livelihoods to defeat hunger, unemployment and poverty,” Go said. “In fact, my office continued to go around the country last week to aid many of our countrymen whose lives and livelihoods have been adversely affected.”

The former presidential aide then thanked the Filipino people for their continuing high trust and support, citing Publicus Asia’s Pahayag-Quarter 3 survey showing him retaining top spot among lawmakers consistent with the earlier results in Quarter 2 conducted last July of this year.

Moreover, the study also showed that 23.6 percent of respondents express support for his vice-presidential candidacy.

“Nevertheless, more than surveys, my focus is on service. After all, seeking public office is all about providing public service especially to those who need our help the most,” he said.