MMDA eyes use of EDSA busway for faster COVID-19 vaccines transport

MMDA Chair Benhur Abalos (Radyo Pilipinas photo)

PASIG CITY, Feb. 28 (PIA) -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is keen on using the inner bus lanes along EDSA for the speedy transport of the very first batch of COVID-19 vaccines expected to arrive this afternoon.

In a virtual briefing on Saturday, MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said the agency has eyed the use of the EDSA bus lanes, which are exclusive for accredited public utility buses, for the smooth delivery of the CoronaVac jabs after arrival at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is expected to personally welcomed the much-awaited, very first batch of 600,000 doses of Sinovac-made CoronaVac vaccine donated by China.

"Mayroong options tayo, pwede natin gamitin ang bus carousel at kung hindi naman, ‘yung katabi mismo ng bus carousel," Abalos said.

The MMDA chief said the vials would be transported from the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City to a facility in Marikina City, and will be delivered to Veteran's Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City.

Abalos refused to disclose details of the route when asked, but stressed that the government is ready to receive and distribute the vaccines for the planned inoculations.

"'Yung distribution nito [CoronaVac], lahat ng gagawin ay naka-plantsa na po ang rollout," he said. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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