Russia can make COVID-19 vaccines for Philippines in January 2021

MANILA, Nov 17 (Mabuhay) — Russia can begin the production of COVID-19 vaccines intended for the Philippines as early as January next year if the country is ready to accept them, Manila’s Ambassador to Moscow Carlos Sorreta said Monday. Sorreta made the statement days after the developers of Russia’s vaccine candidate, Sputnik V, reported that […]

17.11.2020 · Filled under: News ·

Covid-19 vaccine might be ready early next year — envoy

MANILA, Nov 11 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines may receive an initial supply of American-made vaccines against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) by early 2021 once talks are finalized and a contract has been signed, Philippine Ambassador to Washington D.C. Jose Manuel Romualdez said. “Sa tingin ko by early next year, first quarter, magkakaroon na tayo ng […]

11.11.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Duterte approves National Vaccine Roadmap

MANILA, Nov 10 (Mabuhay) — The Palace confirmed on Monday, November 9, the approval of the National Task Force’s (NTF) Philippine National Vaccine Roadmap by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque Jr, who discussed details of the vaccine roadmap in his press briefing, said that the roadmap is in preparation for the […]

10.11.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippines may start COVID-19 vaccination by May 2021 — Galvez

MANILA, Nov 5 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines may start inoculating COVID-19 vaccines to the public by May next year if everything will go according to plan, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr, who was recently tapped to lead the importation and distribution program, said Thursday. In the timetable proposed by Galvez, the Philippines will place an advance […]

05.11.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

FDA’s Domingo: Expert panel evaluating Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial application

MANILA, Oct 30 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine’s Vaccine Expert Panel (VEP) is currently reviewing the application of an Australian pharmaceutical company for COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials in the country, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) director-general Eric Domingo said on Friday. “There’s a number three company that has shown interest in doing clinical trials here in […]

30.10.2020 · Filled under: News ·

DOH: Clinical trials for WHO-led COVID-19 vaccine effort to start in December

MANILA, Oct 26 (Mabuhay) — Phase 3 clinical trials for the World Health Organization (WHO) Solidarity Trial in the Philippines will start in December, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Monday. “Iyong WHO, nag-announce na po na mag-uumpisa po ang clinical trial by December 2020,” Vergeire said in an online forum. “Nagbigay po ng commitment […]

26.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

20M Pinoys to initially get Covid-19 vaccine once available

MANILA, Oct 23 (Mabuhay) — The government targets to immunize an initial 20 million Filipinos once the vaccine for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is available in the country, National Policy against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Thursday. Galvez said the government has formed a task group on vaccination composed of the Department […]

23.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DOST expects VCO trial results will be released 2nd week of November

MANILA, Oct 17 (Mabuhay) — Results of the clinical trials on the efficacy of virgin coconut oil (VCO) against the coronavirus disease 2019 are expected to be released by the second week of November, the Department of Science and Technology said Saturday. “After today ay ia-analyze na ‘yung data. Siguro second week of November alam […]

17.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Palace assures Covid-19 vaccine’s affordability

MANILA, Oct 16 (Mabuhay) — Even if the government could not provide free coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines to all Filipinos, Malacañang on Thursday said it is confident that the vaccines would be affordable to many Filipinos. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark after President Rodrigo Duterte said it would be “ideal” for every Filipino […]

16.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

‘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 vaccine hesitancy bumagsak na,” Duque told senators as he defended the proposed P203.74 billion budget of the […]

10.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

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 as several countries are on a race to be the first to come up with a vaccine […]

02.10.2020 · Filled under: News ·

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 waiting for the finalization of the documents, ‘yung clinical trial agreement at […]

25.09.2020 · Filled under: News ·

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 (DOH) said. “We need to ensure that all of these vaccines are safe […]

22.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

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 Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte will likely extend Proclamation 929 that placed the entire Philippines under a […]

15.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

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 the “profit, profit, profit” mindset of Western companies in a televised briefing from Malacañang. […]

15.09.2020 · Filled under: News ·

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 quoting Ambassador Huang Xilian, the Embassy said the 1,500 Filipinos are among the more than 30,000 […]

10.09.2020 · Filled under: News ·

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 natin… Atin pong minamadali ang pag-proseso ng mga dokumento, hopefully in the coming […]

05.09.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

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 Philippines, said Russia proposed three options for the Philippines to acquire the vaccine. One […]

04.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

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 yet to finish their ethics review on Avigan. “Hindi ito naumpisahan kahapon kasi nagkaroon […]

02.09.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

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 (GCQ). Duterte said the provinces of Bulacan and Batangas along with the cities of Tacloban and […]

01.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

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 recently noted that a “fierce” tourism competition between Manila and Bangkok may […]

31.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News ·

Lagundi clinical trials get FDA nod — DOST chief

MANILA, Aug 29 (Mabuhay) — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the clinical trials for the local herb lagundi as a mode of adjuvant therapy, the chief of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said on Friday. “It was earlier approved by the DOST, and now the FDA also approved the conduct […]

29.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

Avigan trials in PH still hasn’t started — DOH

MANILA, Aug 24 (Mabuhay) — The clinical trials for the anti-flu drug Avigan as possible treatment for COVID-19 has yet to start in the Philippines for various reasons, a health official said Monday or a week since the experiment is supposed to have begun. “Ang Avigan trial natin, hindi pa sya nag-uumpisa. Supposedly, it was […]

24.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, Science & Technology ·

PH in talks with at least 16 COVID-19 vaccine developers – DOH

MANILA, Aug 14 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health on Friday said the government is in talks with more than a dozen COVID-19 vaccine developers as the country continues to grapple with the fast-spreading disease. “We have about 16 vaccine manufacturers na may different stages ng pag-uusap (that are in different stages of talks),” Health […]

14.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

Sputnik V availability in Philippines seen by April 2021

MANILA, Aug 13 (Mabuhay) — Russia’s anti-COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V could be available for commercial use in the Philippines by April 2021, a Philippine official who recently met with Russian authorities said Thursday. Dr. Jaime Montoya, executive director of Philippine Council for Health Research, was part of a team of Philippine health and vaccine experts […]

13.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Beijing welcomes FDA approval of Chinese traditional medicine

MANILA, Aug 13 (Mabuhay) — The Chinese Embassy in Manila on Wednesday welcomed the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Lian Hua Qing Wen, a China-manufactured herbal medicine. In a statement, the Embassy said this marks an “important progress” in the entry of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) products into the Philippine market. The Embassy […]

13.08.2020 · Filled under: News, World News ·

‘Land of Covid-19’ tag on PH motivated by tourism competition

MANILA, Aug 12 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Wednesday called for understanding over Thailand’s struggling tourism industry after a Thai newspaper branded the Philippines as “Land of Covid-19” (coronavirus disease 2019) in relation to the return of more than a hundred Filipino teachers there. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque acknowledged that there is no way to control […]

12.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

DOST to lead clinical trials for Covid-19 vaccine from Russia

MANILA, Aug 12 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will lead the clinical trials for a coronavirus virus (Covid-19) vaccine developed and offered to the Philippines by the Russian Federation, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday. In a message to reporters, the DOH said the DOST is the lead agency […]

12.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

PRRD accepts Russia’s CoVid-19 vaccine offer

MANILA, Aug 11 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday accepted the offer of Russia to supply the Philippines with its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines once mass production starts. In a public address in Davao City, Duterte said he is “very happy” by the news that Russia would provide vaccines free of charge. “Maligayang-maligaya […]

11.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

Duterte’s dilemma: After Russian vaccine, can I get COVID-19 shots from other countries?

MANILA, Aug 11 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte is facing a “dilemma” on coronavirus vaccine clinical trials, Malacañang said Tuesday after the chief executive volunteered to be immunized with Russia’s newly developed drug. Duterte on Monday night welcomed Moscow’s offer to supply Manila with COVID-19 vaccines, saying he would volunteer to be inoculated in public […]

11.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

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 COVID-19 vaccine. We don’t know how much we can be able to procure, pero […]

10.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

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 contract transfusion-transmissible infections (TTIs) such as HIV, hepatitis and malaria. The reminder to […]

10.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

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 August 10 tayo mag-start pero hindi pa kasi namin, hindi […]

07.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Doctor urges 2-week NCR ECQ as ‘breather’ for exhausted frontliners

MANILA, Aug 1 (Mabuhay) — The government should again place Metro Manila under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), even just for two weeks, to give health workers a time to recuperate from exhaustion due to the non-stop admission of COVID-19 patients in hospitals, Philippine College of Physicians Vice President Dr. Maricar Limpin said Friday. “Ang […]

01.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DOH supports call of medical groups for proper quarantine enforcement

MANILA, Aug 1 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said it supports the appeal of medical frontline workers to ensure that community quarantine is properly enforced. This was after health frontline workers asked the government to revert to a stricter enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) as the coronavirus disease infections continue to rise […]

01.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Metro Manila should be placed under ECQ anew, Sotto and Lacson agree

MANILA, Aug 1 (Mabuhay) — Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Panfilo Lacson both agree that Metro Manila should be placed again under the much stricter enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) as the cases of COVID-19 in the country continue to increase. The two senators issued separate statements in response to calls from medical professionals […]

01.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippines logs 3,954 new COVID-19 cases, 38k recoveries

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) — There are now 89,374 Filipinos infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after the Department of Health (DOH) reported a record-high 3,954 new cases on Thursday, 1,320 of which were “fresh” or newly validated and 2,634 were reported late. This marks the first time that new cases breached the 3,000 […]

31.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Duterte places Cebu City, keeps NCR under GCQ

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte has downgraded the quarantine classification in Cebu City to a less restrictive general community quarantine (GCQ) from a more stringent modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). In a taped public address aired on state-run PTV-4 on Friday morning, Duterte also announced his decision to retain the GCQ status […]

31.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

20 million Filipinos to get free COVID-19 vaccine — Finance chief Dominguez

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay)– At least 20 million Filipinos will be provided with COVID-19 vaccine for free, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said. At a briefing in Malacañang Thursday night and aired Friday morning, Dominguez said the government is capable of financing P20 billion worth of COVID-19 vaccines which are expected to be ready by […]

31.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

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 Roque was glad that the mended relationship between Beijing and Manila yields positive results. “Nagpapasalamat po […]

31.07.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

Philippines’ COVID-19 tally tops 85,000 with 1,874 new cases

MANILA, July 30 (Mabuhay) — The number of Filipinos infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) breached the 85,000 mark on Wednesday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 1,874 new cases, bringing the total to 85,486. This marks the 15th straight day during which at least 1,300 new infections were recorded. The five provinces with […]

30.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

78 Filipinos test positive for coronavirus in SoKor

MANILA, July 30 (Mabuhay)– The Philippine Embassy in Seoul reported Wednesday that 78 Filipinos were diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in South Korea. In a Laging Handa briefing, Charge d’Affaires Christian L. de Jesus said 34 of the 78 have already recovered and discharged from hospitals. “A total of forty-four are currently under treatment, […]

30.07.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

Metro Manila returning to MECQ not a ‘foregone conclusion’ –Palace

MANILA, July 29 (Mabuhay) — It remains to be seen whether Metro Manila will return to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) next month, Malacañang said Tuesday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the possibility that the government will reimpose a stricter lockdown in the capital region was not a “foregone conclusion” since the case doubling […]

29.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Fight vs. Covid-19 still ‘successful’ — Palace

MANILA, July 29 (Mabuhay) — Despite the spike in confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the country, Malacañang on Wednesday said the fight against the novel coronavirus remains “successful”. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said there are improvements in the government’s Covid-19 response because the country’s mortality rate is “still way below” the global average. […]

29.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

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 80,000 as of July 26, Sunday, and after four days straight of […]

28.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Duterte should acknowledge shortcomings in COVID-19 efforts in SONA 2020 — IBON

MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte should acknowledge the government’s shortcomings in addressing the coronavirus pandemic in his upcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA), research group IBON Foundation said Sunday. According to IBON Foundation executive director Sonny Africa, Duterte should recognize the weaknesses of the administration and ensure that steps are being […]

27.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Duterte to undergo COVID-19 swab test on Sunday — Nograles

MANILA,July 25 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to undergo COVID-19 swab test on Sunday, July 26, a day before his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA), Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Saturday. “Baka tomorrow din siguro,” Nograles said when asked when Duterte will be tested. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said the […]

25.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

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 members of the IATF likewise approved the participation of the Philippines in the Gavi Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access […]

24.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

2,200 new cases push Philippines’ COVID-19 tally to 74,390

MANILA, July 24 (Mabuhay) — The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines leapt to 74,390 on Thursday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 2,200 more infections, 1,314 of which were “fresh” or newly validated and 886 were reported late. This marks the ninth consecutive day where over 1,300 new infections […]

24.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Ex-DOH chief says gov’t should be open to criticism over pandemic

MANILA, July 22  (Mabuhay) — A former Philippine health secretary on Tuesday urged the government to take criticisms “constructively” as officials come under increasing pressure to arrest the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country, despite imposing one of the world’s longest lockdowns. A number of individuals have come under fire from authorities for […]

22.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

NCR still under GCQ; Cebu City eases to MECQ

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — After a month of being under the most restrictive enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to a spike in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, Cebu City has eased to a less restrictive modified ECQ from July 16 to 31. President Rodrigo Duterte decided to downgrade the quarantine classification in Cebu City, Presidential […]

16.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

1,392 new cases bring Philippines’ COVID-19 tally to 58,850

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay)– The Philippines’ tally of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) rose to 58,850 on Wednesday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 1,392 more infections—512 “fresh” or newly validated and 880 reported late. The five provinces with the highest number of new cases were Metro Manila with 708, Cebu with 198, Iloilo with […]

16.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Duterte ‘unlikely’ to call for special session of Congress to pass Bayanihan 2 — Palace

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte will not likely call for a special session of Congress to pass the bill on the country’s COVID-19 recovery program, Malacañang said Wednesday. Duterte’s spokesperson Harry Roque said the proposed measure will be deliberated after Congress resumes session on July 27. “I don’t think we will be […]

16.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Duque claims Philippines has flattened COVID-19 curve then takes it back

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Wednesday claimed the Philippines has succeeded in flattening the curve amid the COVID-19 pandemic, only to take it back later and admitted that the number of cases is still rising. Duque made the pronouncements just two days after over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases were […]

16.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

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 estimate natin ngayon nasa 80,000 na eh, sa end […]

15.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DOH fails to report daily tally of COVID-19 cases on Sunday, cites ‘significant volume of data’

MANILA, July 13 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) announced late Sunday night that it will release the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) case updates for July 12 on Monday morning instead, citing a “significant volume of data” that still needs to be processed. In a statement sent to reporters near midnight, hours after the […]

14.07.2020 · Filled under: News ·

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 pointed out that some factors can still affect the scientific models used to […]

13.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Covid-19 cases exceed 50K; recoveries now 12.5K

MANILA, July 9 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reported 2,539 additional coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the total to 50,359. In its case bulletin, the DOH said 617 of the additional cases are “late” or results belatedly reported that were only verified recently, while 1,922 are “fresh cases” or results […]

12.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

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 gathered information by the department, collaboration with Philippine subsidiaries of vaccine developers, engagement with those overseas for […]

11.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

Pneumonia vaccine indirectly strengthens body vs COVID-19, says expert

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — Vaccination against pneumonia helps the body indirectly strengthen itself against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to a pediatric specialist. Dr. John Ong urged the Philippines to continue using the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) 13 as the country grapples with the coronavirus menace. “If you are inoculated for pneumonia, you are indirectly […]

11.07.2020 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, News, Philippine News, World News ·

Duterte: PH still grappling against 1st wave of COVID-19

MANILA, July 8 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines is still battling the first wave of COVID-19, President Rodrigo Duterte said early Wednesday, as the country’s coronavirus infections neared 48,000. “Have we arrived at the second wave? I don’t think so. We’re still grappling the first wave,” the President said in a streamed public briefing aired 1 […]

09.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Almost 600 patients in PH participate in clinical trials for COVID-19 treatment

MANILA, July 6 (Mabuhay) — There are now almost 600 patients in the Philippines enrolled in tho World Health Organization’s clinical trials for possible COVID-19 treatments, according to the Department of Health. The DOH released the information as two of the Solidarity Trial tracks were discontinued because the drugs were deemed ineffective. Based on DOH […]

08.07.2020 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, News, World News ·

DOH halts use of HIV drug combination for hospitalized COVID-19 patients

MANILA, July 6 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health said Sunday it would stop the use of combination HIV drug lopinavir and ritonavir in its treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients following the World Health Organization’s move. The agency had also previously discontinued using anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, according to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire. “Based on […]

07.07.2020 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, News, World News ·

Philippine COVID-19 tally tops 44,000 with record-high 2,434 new cases

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines breached the 44,000 mark on Sunday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported a record-high 2,434 more infections—1,147 “fresh” or newly validated and 1,287 reported late—bringing the total to 44,254. Total recoveries also rose to 11,942 after 489 more patients recovered […]

06.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Foreign business travelers may be allowed entry to Philippines under MGCQ– DOT exec

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — Business travelers from other countries may be allowed to enter the Philippines once quarantine restrictions have been eased to modified general community quarantine (GCQ), an official of the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Sunday. Tourism Undersecretary Bong Bengzon said that it is the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious […]

03.07.2020 · Filled under: Money & Business, News, Philippine News, World News ·

Palace says PH winning fight vs. Covid-19, disputes WHO report

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The Philippines is winning the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Malacañang said Monday, after the country defied the number of cases projected by a University of the Philippines (UP) study. “In terms of positivity rate, in terms of case-doubling rate, in case of mortality rate, we are winning. As, in fact, […]

30.06.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

2M Filipino women expected to get pregnant this year –POPCOM

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — Nearly two million Filipino women between ages 15 and 49 years old are expected to get pregnant this year, according to the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM). POPCOM said these numbers were from the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), whose recent study […]

30.06.2020 · Filled under: News ·

IMF sees Philippine economy shrinking further by 3.6% in 2020

MANILA, June 25 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine economy will contract further this year due to the global economic disruption brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, International Monetary Fund projections indicate. In its World Economic Outlook update released Wednesday night, the IMF expected the Philippine’s gross domestic product (GDP) to shrink by 3.6% in 2020. This […]

27.06.2020 · Filled under: Money & Business, News, Philippine News ·

‘A minus’ credit rating affirmation of PH’s economic strength

MANILA, June 16 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Monday welcomed Japan Credit Rating Agency Ltd.’s (JCR) decision to upgrade its rating on the Philippines from BBB+ to A- with “stable” outlook amid fears of global economic downturn due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. “This recognition by Japan’s leading credit agency is an affirmation of […]

19.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, Money & Business, News, Philippine News, World News ·

PHL, Japan sign P75-B loan deals for infra projects in Davao City, Cebu

MANILA, (Mabuhay)– The Philippines and Japan on Tuesday signed two loan agreements worth a combined P75.5 billion or about ¥154 billion yen for two big-ticket infrastructure projects in the Visayas and Mindanao under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) chief representative Eigo Azukizawa […]

18.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, Money & Business, News, Philippine News ·

Pinoys urged to have ‘courage, hope, optimism’ amid health crisis

MANILA, June 12 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday called on his fellow Filipinos to live with “courage, hope, and optimism” even as the country continues its battle against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Duterte made the call in a taped video message played during the 122nd Independence Day rites at the Rizal […]

15.06.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·