Philippine President: No School Until There’s A Vaccine

Agence France-Presse reports:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he will not allow students to go back to school until a coronavirus vaccine is available, even as some countries resume in-person classes.

Children were due to return to school at the end of August after classes for more than 25 million primary and secondary students were shut down in March as the contagion took off in the Philippines. But in a speech broadcast late Monday, Duterte said the risk was too great, even if it held students back academically.

“Unless I am sure that they are really safe it’s useless to be talking about opening of classes,” Duterte said. “For me, vaccine first. If the vaccine is already there, then it’s OK,” he added. “If no one graduates, then so be it.”