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Get vaccinated or be confined at home, Philippines president warns

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is warning that Filipinos who refuse to get vaccinated against the coronavirus will not be allowed to leave their homes as a safeguard against the more contagious delta variant.

Country has been grappling with dose shortages more than vaccine hesitancy

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his final state of the nation address at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, Philippines, on Monday. (Lisa Marie David/Pool Photo/The Associated Press)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is warning that Filipinos who refuse to get vaccinated against the coronavirus will not be allowed to leave their homes as a safeguard against the more contagious delta variant.

Duterte said in televised remarks Wednesday night that there is no law mandating such a restriction but added he is ready to face lawsuits to keep people who are "throwing viruses left and right" off the streets.

The brash-talking president adds that for people who don't want to be vaccinated, "well, for all I care, you can die anytime."

However, more than public hesitance, the country of more than 108 million has been grappling with vaccine shortages.

Nearly 7 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated and more than 11 million others have received their first dose. That is a fraction of the government's target of 60 million to 70 million people.

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