Isko Moreno urges national government to prepare for Omicron
December 5, 2021 | 00h00
MANILA, Philippines – Manila mayor and 2022 presidential contender Isko Moreno called on the national government to prepare for the threat of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus disease while keeping the country’s economy running.
He said national and local governments should invest in drugs that could cure COVID-19 as well as medical equipment and facilities, which could keep the disease at bay.
“We should buy Remdesivir, Tocilizumab, Baricitinib and Molnupiravir. Let’s fill up with oxygen, build facilities. If used, then thank you. Otherwise, we would still be thanking. At least we are prepared, ”he said in Filipino during his“ listening tour ”in Naic, Cavite yesterday.
The city government had previously procured around 40,000 Molnupiravir capsules and over 6,000 Baricitinib tablets. Both drugs have received emergency use authorization to treat symptoms of COVID-19.
He also built a field hospital at the Quirino Grandstand, a hospital exclusive to COVID-19 patients.
Moreno said the national government should also keep the jobs that were restored after nearly two years of closure.
Previously, he had criticized the national government for purchasing billions of dollars in COVID-19 medical supplies and its insistence on enforcing the use of face shields.