Covid-19: Philippines to let nurses work in Britain, Germany in exchange for vaccines

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As Covid-19 vaccines are being produced, purchased, distributed and administered around the world, the Philippines is looking to allow nurses take up jobs in some developed countries in exchange for vaccines donation.

The country will let thousands of its healthcare workers, mostly nurses, take up jobs in Britain and Germany if the two countries agree to donate much-needed coronavirus vaccines, a senior official said on Tuesday.

The Philippines, which has among Asia’s highest number of coronavirus cases, has relaxed a ban on deploying its healthcare workers overseas, but still limits the number of medical professionals leaving the country to 5,000 a year.

Alice Visperas, director of the labour ministry’s international affairs bureau, said the Philippines was open to lifting the cap in exchange for vaccines from Britain and Germany, which it would use to inoculate outbound workers and hundreds of thousands of Filipino repatriates.

Nurses are among the millions of Filipinos who work overseas, providing in excess of $30 billion a year in remittances vital to the country’s economy.

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

The Philippines has recorded around 563,000 cases, with about 523,000 people recovered and over 12,000 deaths.

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