‘Vaccine hesitancy’ has dropped in Philippines, says Duque

MANILA, Oct 10 (Mabuhay) — The apprehensions of Filipino parents to have their children vaccinated have already died down, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Friday. “Kung pagbabatayan natin ang immunization coverage ng polio last year, mukhang ‘yung...

PRRD ‘most hopeful’ about potential China-made vaccine

MANILA, Oct 2 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo R. Duterte is “most hopeful” about the potential coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine being developed by China, Malacañang said Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte prefers a China-made vaccine even...

Russian Sputnik V vaccine maker has yet to apply for conduct of clinical trial in Philippines —DOH

MANILA, Sept 29 (Mabuhay) — The manufacturer of Russian vaccine Sputnik V—one of the possible vaccines against COVID-19—has not yet submitted an application for the conduct of its clinical trials in the Philippines, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on...

Avigan trial still awaiting finalization of legal documents –DOH

MANILA, Sept 25 (Mabuhay) — The clinical trials for anti-flu drug Avigan as a treatment for COVID-19 has yet to start in the Philippines because some legal documents are still being ironed out, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Friday. “We are just...

COVID-19 vaccine may be available in Philippines 2nd quarter of 2021 — DOH

MANILA, Sept 22 (Mabuhay) — The purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines by the Philippine government may only begin in the second quarter of 2021 as foreign manufacturers continue development and trials to ensure their safety and efficacy, the Department of Health...

P2.5-B budget for COVID-19 vaccine only an initial outlay — Roque

MANILA, Sept 19 (Mabuhay) — The “meager” P2.5-billion budget for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccine is just an initial allocation, and the government is doing and looking for other ways to secure the medicine for Filipinos, presidential spokesman Harry Roque...

Duterte prefers Russia, China’s COVID-19 vaccines as other firms ask for advance payment

MANILA, Sept 15 (Mabuhay) — Some pharmaceutical companies are asking the Philippines to pay in advance for vaccines that are still under development to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday. Duterte slammed...

3,821 new cases push Philippines’ COVID-19 total to 248,947

MANILA, Sept 11 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines now has 248,947 cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 3,821 new infections on Thursday, the third consecutive day in which more than 3,000 new cases were reported. Metro Manila...

1.5K Pinoys in UAE join Sinopharm’s vaccine clinical trials

MANILA, Sept 10 (Mabuhay) — Some 1,500 Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) participated in Sinopharm’s clinical trial for its candidate vaccine against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Chinese Embassy in Manila confirmed Wednesday. In a statement...

DOH hopes to start Avigan trial in coming weeks

MANILA, Sept 5 (Mabuhay) — The clinical trial for the Japanese antiviral drug Avigan is expected to begin in the next few weeks once the Department of Health (DOH) finalizes the necessary documents for the research. “Hindi pa nauumpisahan ‘yong Avigan trial...