SEA Games-bound athletes to get COVID-19 vaccines, says PH Olympic Committee

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7) — The Philippine Olympic Committee is working on procuring COVID-19 vaccines for Filipino athletes who will participate in the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam later this year.

"Once they get inoculated, they can train with very little fear of getting infected," said committee President Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino on Wednesday.

The statement comes after the Palace announced it had authorized private companies to purchase vaccines for their workers. Tolentino said the committee will purchase the vaccines through a subsidy of $40,000 (equivalent to ₱1.94 million) from the Olympic Council of Asia. Team Philippines is composed of 626 athletes who will compete in 39 of the 40 sports in Hanoi from November 21 to December 2.

"It would be up to the task force what brand and when to start the procurement process," said Tolentino, refering to the committee's vaccine procurement task force led by POC Vice President Al Panlilio.

He also mentioned that port magnate Enrique Razon had committed vaccines from US' Moderna for the country's bets for the Tokyo Olympics. These vaccines are expected in late May or June, Tolentino added.