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...

Over 38K add’l doses of AstraZeneca vax arrive in PH

MANILA, Mar 8 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines received another 38,400 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines on Sunday night. The delivery from Amsterdam via a KLM Asia flight arrived around 7 p.m. National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said...

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...

Senator wants COVID-19 vaccine priority list put into law

MANILA, Feb 15 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines should put into law guidelines for the prioritization of its COVID-19 vaccination program as a safeguard against politics, a lawmaker said. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Sunday reiterated that the prioritization should...

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...

NO COVID-19 SPIKE IN NCR DUE TO HOLIDAYS, BLACK NAZARENE FEAST — OCTA

MANILA, Feb 4 (Mabuhay) — The trend of new COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila has leveled off, with the previous fear of a possible spike after the holidays and the Black Nazarene feast not materializing, according to the latest OCTA Research report. According to the team,...

1,266 NEW COVID-19 CASES BRING PHILIPPINES’ TALLY TO OVER 530,000

MANILA, Feb 4 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines’ coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tally rose to 530,118 on Wednesday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 1,266 new infections as seven laboratories failed to submit reports on time. The total number of recoveries also...

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...