Secretary Antony J. Blinken In a COVID-19 Assistance Event – U . s . States Department of Condition – Department of Condition

MODERATOR:&nbsp&nbsp(Happening) taking part in today’s event.&nbsp I’d like first to thanks for visiting the rostrum the Honorable Marie Sheilah “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan – towards the mayor of Manila.&nbsp Thanks.&nbsp (Applause.)

LACUNA-PANGAN:&nbspGood mid-day, everybody. With respect to the folks of Manila, we wish to welcome the Honorable U.S. Secretary of Condition Antony Blinken, officials in the U.S. Government, the U . s . States Agency for Worldwide Development, and our buddies in the department of health.&nbsp

Countries all corners around the globe were stunned with unpredicted increase of COVID-19 cases since 2019.&nbsp But everyone labored difficult to immediately develop systems to deal with the crisis, from tracing, treating, and stopping multiplication of the virus among their countrymen.&nbsp The town government of Manila, because the capital from the Philippines with almost two million people, attempted to reply to the pandemic by applying (inaudible) COVID-19 –which means contain and delay COVID-19 – through lockdowns and curfews because the pandemic hit at the begining of 2020.

We make the most from our overall health cluster made up of the town health department and 6 city-run hospitals to manage the difficulties to check, trace, and treat patients.&nbsp In cases like this, we had more the significance of getting allies and partners that we are able to forge and sustain relationship, partnership such as the U.S. Government and USAID, to assist our citizen get lifesaving care and accessibility rollout of vaccines.&nbsp We thank the U.S. Government for supplying such extensive support towards the city government of Manila.

Together with your help, we could administer greater than 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccines with the deployment of mobile (inaudible) and donations from it equipments to boost our vaccine data reporting and management.&nbsp We’re proud to talk about that noisy . phases from the nationwide vaccination rollout, i was really one, otherwise the very first one of the municipality units within the national capital region using the fastest vaccination rate.&nbsp Again, we’re grateful for the help.

We understand the U.S. Government’s donation of BIDA campaign materials and installing hands hygiene stations in 16 health facilities.&nbsp It has provided free hands-washing use of 290 people each day, this provides you with Manileños additional layers of defense against COVID-19.&nbsp USAID – the U.S. Dod also provided greater than 19,000 PPEs and essential medical supplies and 10,000 rapid antigen testing kits which helped us weather the final Omicron surge early this season.&nbsp Each one of these collaborations have been in synch using the national government’s “prevent, identify, isolate, treat” reintegration and COVID-19 vaccination program.

We’re honored and grateful to achieve the U . s . States Government and USAID here around today, and I must extend my warmest gratitude to Secretary Blinken and our U.S. Government partners to be our key ally over these most difficult occasions.&nbsp So we hope that people can further enhance this partnership to make sure that our overall health systems be more effective outfitted for that crisis for the future.&nbsp We are saying welcome (in Filipino).&nbsp Thanks and&nbspmabuhay.


Esteemed visitors, buddies, ladies, and gentlemen, let’s now pay attention to the Honorable U.S. Secretary of Condition Antony Blinken.


SECRETARY BLINKEN:&nbsp&nbspWell, good mid-day, everybody.&nbsp Madam Mayor, many thanks for your wonderful introduction.&nbsp I must say I believe you’ve seen first-hands only a moment ago why Manila is really fortunate to possess a former physician leading its COVID-19 response.&nbsp Discuss constituent services – I believe a number of you saw the mayor administer a vaccine to some youthful child.&nbsp That’s impressive.

And allow me to give a unique thanks too to everybody that has tried fighting COVID within the Philippines, including individuals individuals in the department of health, the Manila City Health Office, the Philippines Genome Center, the Bulacan Clinic, the numerous community healthcare workers along with other civil society leaders who walked toward save lives.

And So I just had the chance to a few of the remarkable efforts going ahead to obtain shots into arms, designed for children.&nbsp Inside a couple of minutes, I’ll will also get to satisfy a few of the civil society leaders who’ve been active in the Philippines response.&nbsp They’re also alumni of yankee exchange programs such as the Youthful Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative – referred to as YSEALI – and also the Worldwide Visitors Leadership Program, something which we in the Condition Department will also be very happy with.&nbsp Therefore we be part of their nation’s pride within their public service.

The organizations they lead are playing a vital role in eliminating COVID-19 within the Philippines.

To mention just a couple of two examples, Pleasure Cruise may be the founding father of a design agency.&nbsp It’s known as Unlimited Lab.&nbsp She and several other YSEALI alumni produced AdaptPH, a nationwide campaign that encourages individuals to observe public safety protocols like putting on masks and social distancing.&nbsp Greater than 240 local governments over the Philippines are actually using her materials to try and flatten the bend of COVID cases.

Gabriel Beeyonez may be the co-founding father of the Break the Fake Movement.&nbsp That actually works to try and debunk disinformation that’s available concerning the pandemic, about COVID-19.&nbsp He partnered with this embassy within Manila to produce the “Media Civics Lab,” training elected officials to know how disinformation threatens the pandemic response.&nbsp Countless officials are actually better outfitted to counter disinformation within their communities because of employed in this partnership.

So there are lots of other tales which i could tell, however the primary factor is that this:&nbsp The civil society leaders who’re here around are protecting people’s lives, protecting their livelihoods, and helping speed the Philippines’ recovery from COVID.

And we’re seeing very encouraging indications of that recovery everywhere.&nbsp Greater than 70 million Filipinos happen to be vaccinated.&nbsp Infections go lower.&nbsp Less individuals who get COVID are hospitalized or dying from this.&nbsp And shortly, children will go back to school personally.

But there’s still try to do.&nbsp You will find roughly 2,500 new installments of COVID-19 every day all over the Philippines.&nbsp 16 million individuals have received their booster shots.&nbsp That’s a great deal, but more want to get it if we’re likely to stay avoiding all the variants.&nbsp Less than 4 million children ages 5 to 11 are fully vaccinated, and that’s about 6 000 0000 below where I understand the Philippines really wants to be.&nbsp That is why it had been so encouraging only a moment ago to determine all of the children who’re here, ready to have their vaccines.

Because the Philippines is constantly on the try to vaccinate people, to lessen multiplication and save lives, my message is straightforward:&nbsp The U . s . States tags along.

We’ve been proud to possess donated greater than 33 million safe, effective vaccines towards the Philippines, no political strings attached.

We’ve provided greater than $50 million for your COVID-19 reaction to help train healthcare workers, to improve the vaccine rollout, to aid the economical recovery.

We’re also supplying supplies for that ongoing combat COVID-19, and we’ve got some here around here today – testing kits, laboratory equipment.&nbsp All that will visit the Philippines Genome Center, the Bulacan Clinic, and our other partners who’re here around today.

Ultimately – ultimately – we’ll finish this pandemic and emerge better ready for health crises by cooperating not just across governments, but across private sectors and across civil society.

That’s the concept behind something we began known as the worldwide Plan Of Action – we launched in Feb.&nbsp And also the idea ended up being to find out the remaining gaps in global COVID response after which match countries which have unique abilities to assist fill individuals gaps.&nbsp The Worldwide Plan Of Action concentrates on six key lines of effort: getting shots into arms, bolstering supply chains as well as their resilience, addressing the data gaps and with misinformation, supporting healthcare workers, improving testing and coverings, and strengthening the worldwide health security architecture for that lengthy term because we all know, since we cope with this pandemic, you will see more in the future.&nbsp And we must learn all the training out of this experience to make certain that we’re better prepared, better prepared the next time to find out if we are able to prevent – and when not prevent, get ready for and mitigate – any future pandemics.

When the world could make strong progress along individuals six lines of effort that I’ve described, we are able to finish the acute phase of COVID-19.&nbsp However that requires a lot of coordination and cooperation among countries.&nbsp Not one certainly one of us can perform it alone.&nbsp For this reason strong health partnerships – such as the one between your U . s . States and also the Philippines – are extremely critical.

So again, I only desire to thank everybody who contributed and is constantly on the lead to that particular partnership – to put it simply, if with regard to individuals both our countries and individuals all over the world.

And today, Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire in the department of health, the microphone is up to you.&nbsp Thanks.&nbsp (Applause.)

MS VERGEIRE:&nbsp&nbspThank you greatly for Honorable Secretary of Condition Antony Blinken – (in Filipino) – to be here go to and joining us within this event.&nbsp To the U.S. ambassador towards the Philippines, MaryKay Carlson to the USAID colleagues headed by acting Mission Director Gloria Chung towards the acting health director, Katherine Tilout, our friend Dr. Yolanda Oliveros Dr. Ernesto Bontuyan, as well as Ms. Consuelo Anonuevo obviously to the honorable mayor, our excellent friend, very dynamic worker, Mayor “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan also to their Vice Mayor Yul Servo.

Because the world embraces the brand new normal, the Department of Health is constantly on the work tirelessly to make sure that the Filipino individuals are outfitted with accurate health information, preventive healthcare services, treatment, and vaccination.&nbsp Since 2020, we’ve received several donations in the U . s . States to aid the country’s COVID-19 prevention and control efforts: 33.six million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with the COVAX facility different equipment for example mechanical ventilators, ICU beds, and ultra-low freezers and medicines and hospital supplies.&nbsp We received support to the sub-national laboratories for vaccine-avoidable illnesses.&nbsp We’ve also received supplies and equipments from the World Health Organization.

Today we’re very happy to witness the ceremonial turnover towards the Philippines of those following laboratory equipments and medical supplies from the U . s . States: one automated extraction machine for Bulacan Clinic 13,000 rapid antigen tests for that Bulacan Clinic (inaudible) COVID testing reagents for Philippine Genome Center 5,000 test kits for that Manila health department and diverse PPEs and 103 wash kits for that schools from the town of Manila.

These donations equal an enormous improvement from the capacity in our public healthcare system to provide critical care included in our arsenal in fighting against COVID-19. &nbspWe express our sincerest gratitude towards the U . s . States Government because of its unwavering help the Philippines in answering COVID-19 and protecting Filipinos with much-needed vaccines and technical assistance.&nbsp Your support helped save the lives of numerous, many Filipinos.&nbsp Today, the department of health has administered greater than 168 million doses of vaccines.&nbsp Our BIDA, Resbakuna, and today the Pinas Lakas campaign will not have been effective without your help.&nbsp We cherish this longstanding health partnership, so we hope this commitment level is sustained past the COVID-19 pandemic.

Within the next couple of several weeks we are trying to meet Mr. President Bongbong Marcos’ directive, which would be to vaccinate 90 % in our seniors also to administer a minimum of 50 % to the qualified population of these first booster shots.&nbsp The department of health aims to do this within the first 100 times of this current administration, as well as your help could be of effective aid.&nbsp&nbsp Lately, we simply launched the Pinas Lakas campaign encouraging everybody to obtain fully vaccinated – Pinas Lakas campaign encouraging everybody to obtain fully vaccinated, particularly our seniors or our seniors population.&nbsp We’re working hands in hands along with other national agencies, our municipality units, and our private and public stakeholders, not to mention our development partners including USAID, to assist prepare our communities – especially our teachers and kids – once we are opening our schools 100 % in person this school year.

More than ever before, the pandemic has additionally emphasized the significance of getting universal healthcare for those, so that as we aspire for the universal healthcare for those Filipino people, DOH can also be grateful to USAID for supplying technical assistance in preparing us for UHC’s rollout.&nbsp The DOH, USAID, yet others development partners will work collaboratively to determine the management, technical, and financing mechanisms for this kind of endeavor, strengthening municipality capacity and supplying technical sources to unveil this priority legislation within the Philippines.&nbsp We picture by using this cooperation using the U.S. Government along with other partners, the largest health available to every Filipino in in the future.

Further, we expect to sustaining and expanding our partnership to increase booster vaccinations, better integrate COVID-19 activities with this universal healthcare efforts, and therefore strengthen our overall health systems to avoid and react to further pandemics later on.

With respect to the department of health, I must extend my most fervent gratitude towards the U . s . States Government enhancing the Philippines return to its ft and make back better.&nbsp The Filipino individuals will always remember the kindness you’ve proven over these trying occasions.&nbsp (In Filipino.)&nbsp&nbsp Thanks to you.