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COVID vaccines

Duterte accuses officials of skipping jab priority list

Filipino president discloses names of queue-jumping mayors and seeks explanation

MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has accused local chief executives of jumping ahead of a vaccination priority list led by 1.7 million health workers in order to get COVID-19 vaccines. There are growing concerns in the country about the surging number of coronavirus cases as the government struggles to secure enough vaccine doses.

The Philippine government is putting its 1.7 million health care workers at the top of the vaccination list, but mayors have reportedly jumped the line. Duterte disclosed the names of the mayors and asked them to provide explanations, adding that the children of some celebrities had also received jabs.

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