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Omicron is coming — Isko, Doc Willie

We have to prepare since Omicron could be worse than Delta. We should have sufficient hospital beds and medicines. We should speed up vaccination, including offering booster shots for everyone who have received their second dose six months ago

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Aksyon Demokratiko standard bearer and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso and his running mate Dr. Willie Ong are urging hospitals nationwide to prepare for the onslaught of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, which is said to be more infectious than the Delta variant, which caused the surge in infections this year.

At the same time, he lauded the Duterte administration for making vaccination a priority with the three-day national vaccination drive that is now ongoing until Wednesday, 1 December.

“We in the City of Manila fully support the three-day national vaccination drive launched by the Duterte administration as this will be a big boost to the current vaccination efforts by local government units (LGU). We urge our people to have themselves vaccinated immediately in preparation for the new Omicron variant,” Domagoso said.

“We also laud the gains we have achieved in bringing down cases of Covid-19 for the past months, and we must work together to fight this new variant,” he added.

The Manila mayor said all LGU should prepare for Omicron, and this would mean preparing hospitals beds and securing
anti-viral drugs, such as Remdesivir, Tocilizumab and the new drug, Molnupiravir.

“We have to prepare since Omicron could be worse than Delta. We should have sufficient hospital beds and medicines. We should speed up vaccination, including offering booster shots for everyone who have received their second dose six months ago,” he explained.

The Aksyon Demokratiko bet said the City of Manila is open to all Covid-19 patients outside Metro Manila, including those from Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog.

“As long as we have supplies, we can give anti-Covid medicines, such as Remdesivir, Tocilizumab and Molnupiravir, to patients needing those life-saving drugs in the provinces of Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog. We did it before, we will do it again if the Covid situation worsens again,’ Domagoso pointed out.

Under the Manila mayor’s leadership, Manila prepared for the pandemic, including the construction of the Covid-19 Field Hospital in front of the Quirino Grandstand. The 344-bed facility accepts Covid patients suffering from mild to moderate infection.

On the other hand, Ong, who is Aksyon Demokratiko’s vice-presidential bet, called on LGU to strictly enforce the wearing of masks among their constituents, following the recent discovery of the new Covid variant from South Africa.

What makes the new variant more dangerous is that even those who are already vaccinated were infected by it, he said.

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