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 most likely to extend nat’l state of calamity — Palace

MANILA, Sept 15 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will “most likely” extend the declaration of national state of calamity in the country due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Malacañang said Monday. In a press briefing, Presidential...

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...

Russia says Philippines may manufacture anti-COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V

MANILA, Sept 4 (Mabuhay) –Russia is open to the Philippines producing locally the anti-COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V, an official of its embassy in Manila said on Thursday. Tatiana Shlychkova, Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Russian Embassy in the...

Delay hits start of Avigan clinical trials in Philippines

MANILA, Sept 2 (Mabuhay) — The clinical trials for anti-flu drug Avigan did not start as scheduled on Tuesday, September 1, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Wednesday. Vergeire said this was because three hospitals participating in the clinical trials have...

Duterte retains GCQ for NCR; Iligan under MECQ

MANILA, Sept 1 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) to retain Metro Manila and two nearby provinces under general community quarantine...

Thailand sees PH as ‘important’ Asean family member, not rival

MANILA, Aug 29 (Mabuhay) — Thailand considers the Philippines as an “important” family member of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and not as a rival, a Thai official said on Friday. The clarification was made after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque...