1M AstraZeneca, 1.6-M Janssen vaccines arrive

About 2.7 million more coronavirus vaccines arrived in the Philippines on Friday, boosting the government’s inoculation drive.  The government took delivery of 1.1 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine made by AstraZeneca Plc and 1.6 million shots made by Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the presidential palace said.  Private companies paid for the AstraZeneca vaccines, while the first batch of the Johnson & […]

Cabaero: Treat vaccines as same

We know that vaccines against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) are not created equal but these should be considered as the same in terms of clearing individuals for travel. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the other groups under the Covax coalition addressed this in its statement on July 1, 2021 calling for “equal recognition of […]

COVID-19 deaths top 23,000; two cities flagged

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter THE HEALTH department on Wednesday flagged hospitals in two cities near the Philippine capital that are near their breaking point, as coronavirus deaths nationwide breached 23,000. The cities of Makati and Muntinlupa have been overwhelmed by COVID-19 infections despite falling healthcare use rate in the capital region, Health Undersecretary […]

Bzzzzz: Cebu City might no longer buy its own, if national government would supply all vaccines… Sanggunian to meet ERC chief, Veco separately on power rates issue.

It could save a lot of money CEBU City Vice Mayor Michael Rama, head of Vaccine Convenors and City Council presiding officer, was to deliver a privileged speech during the Sanggunian regular session Wednesday, May 19, to tell the councilors the “good news,” namely: the City Government may not have to buy anti-Covid vaccines of […]

Solons call for inclusion of dentists, med-techs in vaccination teams

A BILL was filed Tuesday for the inclusion of dentists and medical technologists as vaccinators to speed up the government’s inoculation program against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “With the arrival of more vaccines in the country, the swift roll out of the vaccine is needed for the efficient administration and prevention of possible expiration of […]

Pfizer vaccines arrive in Cebu

A NEW batch of vaccines arrived at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in the morning of Tuesday, May 11, 2021. The vaccines, which included the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, were immediately transported to the cold chain storage facility of the Department of Health Central Visayas (DOH 7). A total of 132,000 doses of AstraZeneca and 29,000 doses […]

Explainer: ‘Way klaro’ on vaccines Cebu City will buy. No single vial signed up for yet. City to keep relying on national gov’t supply. P2B needed for P1.4M ‘herd’ doses.

THE Cebu City Council, which grants the mayor authority to buy its own anti-Covid-19 vaccines, finally publicly declared that their efforts have proved fruitless so far. A stand-by fund of P500 million has remained unspent. Mayor Edgardo Labella has issued a letter of intent for P100 million worth of Novovax and P100 million AstraZeneca but […]

Logistical problems delay delivery of Sputnik V vaccines

THE ARRIVAL of about 15,000 doses of Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine this week had been delayed due to logistical problems, according to the Presidential Palace. The shipment had been canceled because there were no direct flights from Russia, presidential spokesman Herminio “Harry” L. Roque, Jr. said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that the […]

DTI says gov’t must offer perks to encourage local manufacturing of vaccines

FIRMS considering domestic vaccine manufacturing will need faster processing and government procurement priority, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said. DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, in a briefing on Thursday night, named four firms eyeing local production of vaccines, including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines. “(The companies) will subscribe to all requirements and submit […]

Eastern Communications buys Moderna vaccines for employees

TELECOMMUNICATIONS service provider Eastern Communications has started purchasing doses of coronavirus vaccines from American pharmaceutical and biotechnology firm Moderna, Inc. for all its employees, a company official said. “While the sourcing of the vaccines is a challenge as of the moment, we were already able to procure initial doses, and we will continue to source […]