Palace rules out return to full lockdown amid rise in COVID-19 cases

MANILA, Mar 9 (Mabuhay) — The country does not need to go into full-scale lockdown even amid the surge of COVID-19 cases as this could be addressed in other ways, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday. Roque cited that there are 60% to 75% available beds in...

76.5 percent of Filipino nurses willing to take COVID-19 vaccine — group

MANILA, Feb 22 (Mabuhay) — Three out of four Filipino nurses are willing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a survey bared Sunday, as the deadly disease continues to rage in the Philippines where nearly 15,000 healthcare workers have been infected. According to Filipino...

Vaccine simulation done in under 3 hours — DOH exec

MANILA, Feb 11 (Mabuhay)– The government on Wednesday was able to deliver dummy COVID-19 vaccines from the airport to an inoculation facility in under three hours, cutting down delivery time from the previous four hours. “Mula sa four hours and 20 minutes na target...

No immediate easing of restrictions even after vaccine rollout

MANILA, Feb 11 (Mabuhay) — The national government will not be easing quarantine classifications immediately after it kicks off its Covid-19 vaccination drive, a Palace official said Wednesday. In an interview over PTV-4, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that even if a...

PGH, LUNG CENTER, TALA HOSPITAL STAFF WILL BE FIRST TO GET COVID-19 VACCINES

MANILA, Feb 3 (Mabuhay) — The employees of the country’s three main COVID-19 referral hospitals will be the first to be inoculated against the coronavirus this month as the country gears up for the start of its mass vaccination campaign. These referral centers are the...

Second dose of vaccines comes with stronger side effects — FDA’s Domingo

MANILA, Feb 2 (Mabuhay) — Food and Drug Administration (FDA) director general Eric Domingo on Tuesday said the second dose of most vaccines usually has stronger side effects than the first. “For most of the vaccines, the second dose really has more adverse effects, more...

Philippines secures $25M in loans from ADB for 2021 COVID-19 vaccines

MANILA, Feb 1 (Mabuhay) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has allocated $25 million to loan out to the Philippines this year for the purchase of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), as the government seeks to inoculate as much as 70 million Filipinos in...

56M COVID-19 vaccine doses from US firms to arrive in Philippines by May —envoy

MANILA, Jan 29 (Mabuhay) — At least 56 million of COVID-19 vaccine doses made by American pharmaceutical companies are expected to arrive in the Philippines by May, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez said Friday. Romualdez said that these...

Vergeire cites types of allergies that may prohibit one from taking COVID-19 vaccine

MANILA, Jan 28 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health on Wednesday explained that people with food allergies can still take COVID-19 vaccines as long as they get clearance from their doctors. This following reports of alleged allergic reactions to vaccines like...

Philippines grants EUA for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

MANILA, Jan 28 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, its director-general, Dr. Eric Domingo, announced on Thursday. This makes AstraZeneca, a British pharmaceutical...