Rodrigo Duterte has proposed that those most reluctant of his compatriots to be vaccinated against Covid-19 receive an injection while they sleep. In the Philippines, barely a fifth of the population shows a complete vaccination course.
“I know many still don’t want to [se faire vacciner]. So let’s go [chez eux] and prick them while they sleep, end of story, ”proposed the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, during a speech broadcast on October 12 by the government channel PTV, quoted by the Tass news agency .
During the same intervention, the Philippine head of state stressed that in addition to vaccination, it was also important to wear masks and to respect physical distancing measures, precautions that he stressed were necessary to stem the spread of the disease. coronavirus in the country.
The Philippines has used nearly 50 million doses of different Covid-19 vaccines. Some 23 million people in the country have been fully immunized, out of a population of nearly 110,000 million. Authorities hope to vaccinate up to 70 million people by the end of the year.
Duterte determined to enforce sanitary measures
Rodrigo Duterte had previously announced that he wanted to pass a law allowing offenders to be quarantined in prison.
He also said that participants in mass protests would face prison terms. At the beginning of June 2021, the Philippine president had proclaimed that murder charges could be brought against people who, knowing full well that they had Covid-19, had neglected the rules, thus participating in the spread of the virus. On several occasions, the head of state called on vaccine-skeptics to stay at home, denying citizens the right to choose a vaccine, on the basis that all vaccines approved by local authorities were effective.
On January 30, 2020, the Philippines, with a population of more than 110 million, recorded the first case of Covid-19. Since then, the country has recorded some 39,600 patients who have died after contracting the virus.