Making the republic work

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 06/13/2021

Whoever thought that a Sara Duterte-Rodrigo Duterte tandem might be the ideal team for the country in the 2022 presidential election is either joking or being cynical. He or she — or they — show no respect…

The return of the lab-leak theory

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 06/06/2021

When the World Health Organization team tasked to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic reported its findings in March this year, one of its aims appeared to be to dismiss all speculation that the virus had…

Breathing and walking through the pandemic

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 05/30/2021

Daily, we are informed of the number of new coronavirus cases, of people who have died from the disease, and of the many who are presumed to have recovered. These figures provide a general picture of the…

Vaccine preference: A matter of trust

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 05/23/2021

The main problem that COVID-19 vaccine rollouts everywhere have had to confront is vaccine refusal or hesitancy, not brand preference or vaccine “choosiness.” Vaccine preference has been observed particularly among those who have already made the decision…

The quest for survival and justice in Israel

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 05/16/2021

Nowhere is the stark inequality between Israelis and Palestinians, who live in one of the world’s most hallowed lands, more evident than in their COVID-19 vaccination record. With 60 percent of its population fully vaccinated, Israel leads…

Three mothers

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 05/09/2021

What would Mama say? It’s a question I would frequently hear from our four children. They don’t mean: How their mother would react to something, but how she would interpret a situation or problem with her remarkable…

The sad story of our delayed vaccine rollout

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 05/02/2021

At the virtual vaccine summit organized the other day by the country’s leading business groups, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. told participants: “We are very confident that the country will be able to achieve herd containment…

Ivermectin’s counterfactual appeal

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 04/11/2021

Defying authoritative scientific voices attesting to its uselessness as a cure or prophylactic against COVID-19, a good number of Filipinos are turning to the antiparasitic drug ivermectin as an answer to the coronavirus. A cursory look at…

Vaccine waste in the midst of scarcity

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 03/21/2021

It’s a problem that we have not given much thought to yet, as we anxiously await the arrival of the bulk of the COVID-19 vaccines. But, if the issues that cropped up in the initial weeks of…

The race to vaccinate

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 03/14/2021

Experts of the current pandemic are basically looking at two things at the moment. The first is the emergence of alarming new variants of the coronavirus that are capable of sidestepping the immunity provided by vaccines and…

Viruses, variants, and vaccines

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 03/07/2021

Almost one year has quickly passed since the government imposed a general lockdown to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak that was first reported in Wuhan, China. In our country alone, the virus has infected over half a…

Edsa: 35 years later

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 02/21/2021

This coming week, the nation marks the 35th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution that overthrew the Marcos dictatorship and installed Cory Aquino to the presidency. This dramatic political event led to the writing of a…

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