What’s the plan?
Stock markets around the world reflected the hope and relief that a solution to the pandemic now has a timeline. At the very least, governments, businesses, households, and individuals can plan. Life in the future, even if it were still distant, could flow back to normal. To be sure, this is not an excuse to let our guard down, not even for a minute. Nor is it an excuse to throw better judgment out the window and resume our old ways of going out and socializing. Wearing masks, keeping clean and staying physically apart should not even be legislated—people have to internalize their inherent benefits and abide by them, not because they have to, but they know they need to for their own and others’ sake. While we all wait for the confirmation of the trials’ success, the mass production of the vaccines, and their transport to our shores, we also wait to hear about the government’s plan for its distribution. We are aware we cannot buy the required doses for all Filipinos at the same time. We know that there are sectors who, by the nature of their job or condition, need the vaccine more than others. We are also aware that millions of Filipinos cannot afford the buy the vaccines for themselves, while some can very well buy one for their own and their extended families’ use.