Organization Calls on U.S. Government to Expedite COVID-19 Vaccines Purchased by the Philippines

The Filipino Young Leaders Program Organization (FYLPRO) is appealing to the U.S. government to expedite the release of 3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses that the Philippine government purchased.

The Philippines ordered 20 million doses from Moderna, Inc. which was scheduled to be shipped in May. However, the National Defense Production Act currently prevents U.S. companies from exporting any vaccines until domestic requirements have been met, which is expected would be around mid-May to June.

“I am cautiously optimistic that we are seing the light at the end of the tunnel with COVID-19 in the United States. In contrast, the Philippines is expected to be one of the last to recover from the pandemic in Southeast Asia,” said Louella Cabalona, president of FYLPRO.

“I urge the Biden-Harris administration to consider the long-standing relationship of the two countries as allies and fast-track the delivery of Moderna vaccines ordered by the Philippines.”

FYLPRO launched the #ModernaVax2PH online campaign to call on both the majority and minority leaders on Capitol Hill to support the Philippines in fighting COVID-19.

“I’m hoping what we endeavor to do moves the needle in expediting the release of vaccines to the Philippines,” said Cabalona.

“Getting shots sooner will save thousands of lives.”

FYLPRO is a network of high performing, next-generation leaders who advance the Philippines and the Filipino people through their advocacy and expertise in various industries. To learn more about the #ModernaVax2PH campaign, visit bit.ly/ModernaVax2PH.


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