OCTA: PH vaccination response a 'bright light' in COVID fight

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, Juy 27) — Amid challenges in the government's COVID-19 fight, the OCTA Research Group said the country's vaccine response has been a "bright light" during the pandemic.

"Ang isang bright light sa ating COVID response yung vaccination. Wala na po kaming masabi. Ang konti ng supply natin, pero whatever we get we efficiently distribute," OCTA Research fellow Prof. Ranjit Rye said at a televised briefing on Tuesday.

[Translation: One bright light in our COVID response is vaccination. We can't say anything more. We may be in short supply, but whatever we get we efficiently distribute.]

Rye noted that in the National Capital Region around 20% are fully vaccinated.

"Konting panahon na lang [Give it time], we might get our 30%. We might be a little more resilient sa [against] Delta," he said.

Rye added the country needed to work fast to make sure cases stop spreading. OCTA suggested "going hard and going fast" to stem the virus.

Meanwhile, OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David said that "it's a race against the Delta variant."

He said while the 40% to 50% target to achieve population protection may not be reached within the next month, it could likely be met by September or October.

"Based on history, yung nangyari ng February to March, in one month baka andun na tayo sa point na maooverwhelm tayo kung patuloy na tumaas yung cases," said David.

"Ibig sabihin may one month window tayo bago tayo andun sa critical situation. Mukhang mauuna yung Delta variant pero hindi naman ibig sabihin mananalo yung Delta variant against us," he added.

[Based on history, from what happened in February to March, in one month we might reach the point where we are overwhelmed if cases continue to climb. This means we have a one-month window before we reach the critical situation. The Delta variant may come earlier, but this doesn't mean the Delta variant will win.]

Referring to another recent bright spot, David likened current efforts to sports.

"We must have to try to have that victory, parang sa [like the] Olympics," he said.

OCTA said they would release a report on Wednesday to show their projections for the next two weeks.