ISKO MORENO COURTS DUTERTE SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENTIAL BID WITH PRAISE

Commends President’s response to Covid-19 pandemic President Rodrigo Duterte deserves credit for the success of the country’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) response. Despite their differences, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso praised Duterte for steering the national government’s commendable vaccination drive. “Pangamba at takot sa impeksyon, pangamba at takot sa hanapbuhay, dahil dito, nagdulot ito ng konting pagkakalito (Apprehension and fear of the infection, worry and fear in employment. These caused a bit confusion) but life must go on. We give credit where credit is due,” he said in an interview during his tour of markets here on Friday. “Totoo naman kapuri-puri … Continue reading ISKO MORENO COURTS DUTERTE SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENTIAL BID WITH PRAISE

No Omicron case yet in Philippines

DOH: Individuals who arrived from three African countries under tight watch A health official on Friday said there are still no Omicron variant cases in the country. During an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reported the government is performing intensive backtracing and re-testing of the individuals who arrived in the country from three African countries. “We are doing our biosurveillance regularly and we’re also doing backtracing, nagre-retrospective sampling din tayo (we’re also doing retrospective sampling,” she said. The government has strengthened its arrival protocols for countries not under the red list by extending the facility-based quarantine to five days for … Continue reading No Omicron case yet in Philippines

7.6-M VACCINATED IN NATIONAL VACCINATION DAYS

Bayanihan Bakunahan; campaign extended to Friday The government reiterated that it is no time to be complacent despite the improvements in the country’s vaccination and COVID-19 cases, as around 21 million individuals have yet to receive their first dose. As of 6:00 a.m. of Dec. 2, a total of 7,628,432 have been vaccinated in the three-day Bayanihan Bakunahan drive, including the 2,713,731 vaccinated on Nov. 29, 2,466,728 on Nov. 30, and 2,447,973 on Dec. 1. The National Vaccines Operation Center (NVOC) said 85% of these numbers are first doses, bringing the first dose recipient tally to 55.4 million nationwide. NVOC … Continue reading 7.6-M VACCINATED IN NATIONAL VACCINATION DAYS

Philippines updates ‘red list,’ travel ban imposed on 7 more countries

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has imposed travel restrictions on seven more countries as it updated its “red list” effective November 28, Malacañang announced Sunday. In a statement, acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles announced that those added to the “red list” or the list of areas considered as high-risk for COVID-19 are Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy. Travel curbs in these seven countries will be until December 15. These countries are in addition to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Mozambique. “Inbound international travel of all persons, regardless of vaccination status, coming from or who … Continue reading Philippines updates ‘red list,’ travel ban imposed on 7 more countries

NTF says pharma companies prefer to deal with gov’t

MANILA – The government is open to entering into tripartite deals for the second wave procurement of coronavirus jabs but vaccine makers prefer bilateral negotiations, National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Sunday. In a virtual presser, Galvez acknowledged the positive results of tripartite agreements with the private sector and local government units (LGUs) but vaccine manufacturers they have dealt with favor bilateral talks due to challenges in shipping small volumes of Covid-19 jabs. “Ang concentration ng mga manufacturer, mas gusto nilang makipag-deal sa government kasi in bulk ‘yung order. Sa tripartite kasi, nasa 20,000 or 30,000 lang. Nahihirapan silang i-manage (The concentration of the manufacturers … Continue reading NTF says pharma companies prefer to deal with gov’t

detected 13 cases in Netherlands as Omicron variant spreads

ONDON/AMSTERDAM — The new Omicron coronavirus variant kept spreading around the world on Sunday, with 13 cases found in the Netherlands and two in Australia, even as more countries tried to seal themselves off by imposing travel restrictions. Dutch health authorities announced that the 13 cases of the variant were found among passengers who were on flights from South Africa that arrived in Amsterdam on Friday. The discovery of Omicron, dubbed a “variant of concern” last week by the World Health Organization, has sparked worries around the world that it could resist vaccinations and prolong the nearly two-year COVID-19 pandemic. … Continue reading detected 13 cases in Netherlands as Omicron variant spreads

United Kingdom 5.6M vax aid to Philippines ‘testament to enduring support.

MANILA – The British government’s donation of 5.6 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine is a testament to the United Kingdom’s (UK) “enduring support” to help the Philippines battle the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Ambassador Laure Beaufils said Friday. The envoy, with Philippine vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., welcomed the arrival of 288,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which are part of the 5.2 million doses that will be shipped to Manila by Saturday. In August, the UK made its initial donation of 414,040 vaccine doses to the Philippines. “It’s absolutely essential to us that we are able to … Continue reading United Kingdom 5.6M vax aid to Philippines ‘testament to enduring support.

Two fleeing Pharmally execs in billion-peso Covid-19 fund mess nabbed in Davao airport

Dargani siblings aboard plane bound for Malaysia Senate security personnel arrested Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. executives Twinkle Dargani and her brother Mohit Dargani in Davao City on Sunday as they were about to flee to Malaysia, according to Rene Samonte, the … Continue reading Two fleeing Pharmally execs in billion-peso Covid-19 fund mess nabbed in Davao airport