DOST: Despite 50% effectivity, PH still can’t use Sinovac sans full data

MANILA, Dec 25 (Mabuhay) — The COVID-19 vaccine of China’s Sinovac Biotech may be deemed “acceptable” to minimum global standards, but the Philippines still needs to review the full data on its effectivity before it can be used, an official of the...

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines possibly Philippines’ first

MANILA, Dec 24 (Mabuhay) — COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna could be the first ones to be made available in the country if negotiations prosper, an official of the Department of Science and Techology said Thursday. In a public briefing, DOST–Philippine...

Failure to secure Pfizer vaccines by January ‘tragic, almost criminal,’ says Poe

MANILA, Dec 19 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine government’s alleged failure to successfully secure 10 million doses of Pfizer vaccines against COVID-19 by January 2021 is lamentable, Senator Grace Poe said Friday. “I think it’s really tragic and, to an extent,...

Moderna, Arcturus ready to supply up to 25M COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines, says envoy

MANILA, Dec 18 (Mabuhay) — Two more American biopharmaceutical firms Moderna and Arcturus are ready to supply four to 25 million of their respective COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines, Manila’s top diplomat to Washington said Friday. Philippine Ambassador Jose...

Philippines in talks with China for its first COVID-19 vaccine shot in March 2021

MANILA, Dec 17 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines is in talks with China for the first vaccine against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that is expected to be administered in the country in March 2021. Secretary Carlito Galvez, the chairman of the national task force for...

AstraZeneca withdraws bid for COVID-19 vaccine trials in Philippines

MANILA, Dec 12 (Mabuhay) — British pharmaceutical firm AstraZenecahas withdrawn its application to conduct clinical trials in the Philippines for its vaccine against COVID-19, Food and Drug Administration director general Dr. Eric Domingo said on Friday. Domingo said...

3 vaccine makers hurdle PH’s ethics review; Moderna, Pfizer consider application — DOH

MANILA, Dec 8 (Mabuhay)– Three COVID-19 vaccine makers seeking to run clinical trials in the Philippines passed the country’s ethics review board, one of the requirements needed before undergoing evaluation by the Food and Drug Administration, an official said Monday....

DOST: VCO diminished COVID-19 symptoms of suspect, probable cases in study

MANILA, Dec 3 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Science and Technology has seen a positive result on a study where virgin coconut oil was used as a supplement for suspect and probable cases of COVID-19. DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said in a virtual conference that there...

Leachon: Prioritize NCR, Calabarzon, Central Luzon in giving COVID-19 vaccine

MANILA, Nov 30 (Mabuhay)– The Philippines should prioritize giving the COVID-19 vaccine in most of the economic epicenter first before moving on to other hotspots, health expert Dr. Anthony “Tony” Leachon said on Monday. Leachon, a former adviser to the...

Galvez: Gov’t will vaccinate at least 20M Pinoys annually within 5 years

MANILA, Nov 25 (Mabuhay)– The Philippine government is planning to administer COVID-19 vaccines to 20 up to 30 million Filipinos yearly within five years, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said. In a public briefing on Wednesday, Galvez said the government targets to...