Philippines wants to trade nurses against free Covid-19 vaccines

The number of Outbound Filipino nurses has been capped to 5,000 a year

The Philippine government has proposed that it will raise the quota of healthcare workers, mainly nurses, to be sent to the UK and Germany if the country gets Covid-19 vaccine donations from them in exchange, Reuters reported.  

The Philippines was open to lifting a cap it has imposed on the number of outbound medical professionals leaving the country to 5,000 a year, according to Alice Visperas, director of the labour ministry’s international affairs bureau.

Manila would send more workers to the UK and Germany in exchange for vaccines which it would use to inoculate outbound workers and hundreds of thousands of Filipino repatriates.

Export hit Filipino nurses

Nurses are among the millions of Filipinos who work overseas and provide over $30 billion a year in remittances to the country’s economy.

“We are considering the request to lift the deployment cap, subject to agreement,” Visperas told Reuters.

Currently, the UK is grappling with the world’s sixth-highest coronavirus death toll and one of the worst economic hits from the pandemic, while Germany ranks tenth in terms of infections globally.

While vaccine rollouts are starting across the world, the Philippines has yet to start its campaign to immunise 70 million adults, or two-thirds of its 108 million people. It expects to receive its first batch of vaccines in the last week of February, donated by China.

Overall, the Philippines wants to secure 148 million doses of vaccines.

Professional association not amused

While Filipino nurses have fought to lift the deployment ban to escape poor working conditions and low pay at home, the workers-for-vaccine trade plan has not gone down well with some medical workers.

“We are disgusted on how nurses and healthcare workers are being treated by the government as commodities or export products,” Jocelyn Andamo, secretary general of the Filipino Nurses United, told the news agency.



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The number of Outbound Filipino nurses has been capped to 5,000 a year The Philippine government has proposed that it will raise the quota of healthcare workers, mainly nurses, to be sent to the UK and Germany if the country gets Covid-19 vaccine donations from them in exchange, Reuters reported.   The Philippines was open to lifting a cap it has imposed on the number of outbound medical professionals leaving the country to 5,000 a year, according to Alice Visperas, director of the labour ministry’s international affairs bureau. Manila would send more workers to the UK and Germany in exchange...

The number of Outbound Filipino nurses has been capped to 5,000 a year

The Philippine government has proposed that it will raise the quota of healthcare workers, mainly nurses, to be sent to the UK and Germany if the country gets Covid-19 vaccine donations from them in exchange, Reuters reported.  

The Philippines was open to lifting a cap it has imposed on the number of outbound medical professionals leaving the country to 5,000 a year, according to Alice Visperas, director of the labour ministry’s international affairs bureau.

Manila would send more workers to the UK and Germany in exchange for vaccines which it would use to inoculate outbound workers and hundreds of thousands of Filipino repatriates.

Export hit Filipino nurses

Nurses are among the millions of Filipinos who work overseas and provide over $30 billion a year in remittances to the country’s economy.

“We are considering the request to lift the deployment cap, subject to agreement,” Visperas told Reuters.

Currently, the UK is grappling with the world’s sixth-highest coronavirus death toll and one of the worst economic hits from the pandemic, while Germany ranks tenth in terms of infections globally.

While vaccine rollouts are starting across the world, the Philippines has yet to start its campaign to immunise 70 million adults, or two-thirds of its 108 million people. It expects to receive its first batch of vaccines in the last week of February, donated by China.

Overall, the Philippines wants to secure 148 million doses of vaccines.

Professional association not amused

While Filipino nurses have fought to lift the deployment ban to escape poor working conditions and low pay at home, the workers-for-vaccine trade plan has not gone down well with some medical workers.

“We are disgusted on how nurses and healthcare workers are being treated by the government as commodities or export products,” Jocelyn Andamo, secretary general of the Filipino Nurses United, told the news agency.



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