DOH earmarks initial P2.4 billion for purchase of vaccine vs. COVID-19

MANILA, Aug 10 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health has initially allocated P2.4 billion for the purchase of vaccine against COVID-19 under its proposed budget for 2021, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Monday. “We allocated P2.4 billion for purchase of...

DOH warns vs. illegal trade of recovered Covid patients’ plasma

MANILA, Aug 10 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) strongly reminds the public against the buying and selling of convalescent plasma of recovered coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients. Studies have shown that it could pose serious risks to patients, who may...

August 10 start of Avigan trials in Philippines not yet final, DOH clarifies

MANILA, Aug 7 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) clarified that the August 10 start of clinical trials in the Philippines of the Japanese anti-viral flu drug Avigan is not yet final, saying legal documents have yet to be finalized. “Yung una sinabi namin...

DOH eyes five hospitals for Sinovac vaccine trials

MANILA, Aug 31 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health is eyeing five hospitals for the Phase 3 of the clinical trials of anti-COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by China-based Sinovac Biotech, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Monday. Vergeire said that these five...

Palace thanks China commitment for Covid-19 vaccine access

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Thursday thanked China for its commitment to prioritize the Philippines’ request for immediate access to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine it is developing. In a virtual press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry...

DOH: No second wave of COVID-19 yet despite increase in cases

MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) — The second wave of COVID-19 pandemic is yet to hit the Philippines despite the increase in the number of cases in the country, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Monday. Vergeire made the declaration after COVID-19 cases breached...

IATF okays PH participation in Covid-19 vaccine global access

MANILA, July 24 (Mabuhay) — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the country’s participation in a global initiative that guarantees access to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines worldwide. “The...

80k COVID-19 cases in Philippines seen by end of July — UP expert

MANILA, (Mabuhay) –Th e total number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines may breach the 80,000 mark by the end of July, according to an expert from the University of the Philippines Institute of Mathematics on Monday. “Tatama talaga ng 70,000 and higit pa. Ang lower...

DOH cautiously accepted forecast of 100k COVID-19 cases by end-August

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health accepts the projection that the COVID-19 cases will reach 100,000 by the end of August but noted the estimate should be interpreted with ‘caution’. In a press conference on Wednesday, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire...

DFA: Philippines begins coordination with international partners for COVID-19 vaccine availability

MANILA, July 10 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday said the Philippine government has started coordinating with various international partners to ensure availability of potential vaccine against the deadly coronavirus for Filipinos. “Based on the...