‘Hasten Covid jabs before Lambda inflicts widespread transmission’

THE business community in Cebu reiterates anew its appeal to speed up the vaccination among Cebuanos following the presence of the first Lambda variant case in the country.

Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Steven Yu said the public and private sectors need to work together to fast-track the vaccination while the tri-cities and some areas in the provinces are under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) before the Lambda variant has the opportunity to inflict widespread community transmission.

“The formula is basically the same as what we have now, and we just need to ensure consistent and sufficient quantity of vaccine arrivals,” Yu said.

He said for now, authorities will have to focus on the suply of the vaccines and health protocols to stop the transmission.

The Department of Health on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021 reported that the country’s first Lambda case detected is a “local case,” coming from a 35-year-old woman from Western Visayas.

This Covid-19 variant, which was first detected in Peru in August 2020, is classified as a variant of interest by the World Health Organization because of its potential to affect the transmissibility of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. It is being monitored for its possible clinical significance.

Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) president Felix Taguiam said several members of the public and private sectors are set to have a meeting to discuss the Lambda variant.

“It is still very new,” Taguiam said, adding that they are constantly monitoring the Covid-19 situation in Cebu.

Have faith in vaccines

But the CCCI official said the best protection one can have is the vaccination.

“We encourage those who have not gotten the jab, to please get yourselves vaccinated not only for yourselves but for your loved ones too. Have faith in the vaccines as there is an evidence-based recognition and broad agreement within the global scientific community that the most effective way to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic is to reach a critical number of mass vaccination,” said Taguiam, in his “message of hope” to the Cebu business community.

The cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue and some parts of Cebu Province remain under MECQ following the rise in Covid-19 cases.

Several stricter measures have been put in place like the Oplan Puyo in Cebu City among others to limit non-essential travel in a bid to control the rise in cases. (JOB)

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