With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging and with the number of people getting sick and dying continuing to rise at an alarming rate, the Association of Carriers and Equipment Lessors (ACEL), for its first Virtual General Membership Meeting (VGMM) for 2021, decided to focus on one key question: Will the COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out finally stop this global health crisis?
Held last March 3, 2021 and conducted online via the Zoom platform, the meeting had two healthcare professionals as resource speakers: Dr. Janice Campos Caoili, chief of the infectious diseases section of Makati Medical Center’s Department of Medicine, and Gerardo Linco, head of new services at Reliance United, a member of the United Laboratories (Unilab) Group.
In her talk, Dr. Caoili discussed what she termed the “why, what, when and how of COVID-19 vaccination.” She said vaccination will help people from contracting the disease, it is a safer way to help build protection against the virus, and that it is an important tool to help stop the pandemic, describing it as “the most important strategy” for ending this health crisis.
She, however, gave the 64 ACEL members and guests who attended the virtual meeting an important message. “Safe and effective vaccines will be a game-changer,” she pointed out. “But for the foreseeable future, we must continue to wear masks, observe physically distancing, avoid crowds and apply other health measures.”
For his part, Linco detailed the offerings of Reliance United which is developing an efficient and comprehensive network of healthcare services to help address the needs of Filipinos.
Olympic Engineering and Sales Corporation also made a presentation. And as usual, the meeting featured a raffle draw. Items raffled off included Items an air fryer, a portable vacuum cleaner, a posture corrector, Logitech headsets and Grab food vouchers.
The meeting was sponsored by FA Equip Corporation, Olympic Engineering and Sales Corporation, and Trelleborg.