May 14, 2021

Sports Legend

PBA asks for government help to purchase vaccines

FILE – One of the games in the PBA Philippine Cup bubble during season 45. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines – PBA’s quest to start the season in June will require government intervention, working with the Interagency Working Group on Emerging Infectious Diseases to procure the necessary vaccines.

League Commissioner Willie Marcial said the PBA could only resume competition when COVID-19 cases in the country started to drop, but it was also setting up its own vaccination network for its teams. .

“We ask for help from Sec. [Carlito] Galvez [the IATF vaccine czar] so that the PBA has an allowance, ”Marcial said Thursday at a virtual press meeting.

Alfrancis Chua, the sports director of the San Miguel Corporation, added that the government would sell vaccines to the PBA, which would put the league in a “special window” for purchasing vaccines.

The league, however, also expects to receive vaccines from the SMC and MVP groups who have pledged to procure the vaccines themselves and share them with other clubs.

“The vaccines will come from the government, they will sell them to the PBA. They will give us special time slots so that we can vaccinate the players, their families, coaches and staff, ”said Chua.

“All that comes first is what we’ll use. If the vaccines from the MVP and SMC groups come first, that’s what we’ll use, ”Chua added.

Marcial, however, said the vaccination will not guarantee the league will open the new season as it still depends on the overall pandemic situation in the country.

The Philippines recently crossed the million mark earlier this week and daily cases still number in the thousands.

“This is what the government told us, even though we are vaccinated but the cases have not decreased, PBA will not continue,” Marcial said. “The cases should go down.”


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