Clinical trial participants are not considered vaccinated — Cebu City Health Dept

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 10/15/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City residents who will participate in clinical trials will not be considered vaccinated from COVID-19. This was the pronouncement of the Cebu City Health Department (CHD) over the conduct of clinical trials…

DOH-7 chief assures Westvac vaccine safe

Mae Fhel Gom-os 10/15/2021

  CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) chief has assured that getting vaccinated in the clinical trials that a Chinese pharmaceutical company has recently conducted in Cebu City does not pose…

DOST goes into TikTok territory to fete Filipino feats

Philippine Daily Inquirer 08/13/2021

Learning science through TikTok? Why not. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has launched a social media campaign called “Pinoy Science” through short video clips posted on the popular video-sharing app TikTok, with the aim of…

Cortes partners with academe to address Mandaue’s flooding concerns

Doris C. Bongcac 06/05/2021

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu, Philippines — Wanting to address flooding concerns in Mandaue City, Mayor Jonas Cortes is partnering with the academe in the implementation of the Smart City Solutions To Urban Flooding (Smart TUrF) program. The project…

Sinovac vaccine’s 50% efficacy is acceptable—DOST

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 12/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The 50% efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine of China’s Sinovac Biotech is “acceptable” as it is within the World Health Organization’s (WHO) minimum requirement, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said on Thursday.…

3 of 4 honey brands in PH fake, says study

Dexter Cabalza 12/14/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Consumers beware: It may not be real honey that you are buying. Researchers from the Department of Science and Technology’s Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) have found that at least three of four honey…

Galvez says COVID-19 vaccination may start by May 2021

Consuelo Marquez - Reporter / @ConsINQ 11/05/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The government is eyeing to start the inoculation of vaccines against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by May next year, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said in a television interview on Thursday. “Ang prediction po…

Where our focus should be

Peter Wallace - @inquirerdotnet 10/22/2020

Last week I said there were three things we needed to do to recover from this crisis. They were the immediate actions government could undertake to hasten recovery. In the longer term, there are two areas the…

DOH, DOST, FDA hit over ‘confusing’ set up for COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials in PH

Katrina Hallare 10/07/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Francis Tolentino has called on the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Health (DOH), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to get their act together and cooperate for the smooth conduct…

13 hospitals to participate in COVID-19 vaccine solidarity trials — DOST

Consuelo Marquez 09/22/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Thirteen hospitals will be involved in the solidarity trials for a potential COVID-19 vaccine in the country which will be conducted this year, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said Tuesday. “In his…

200 volunteers join ‘lagundi’ trials

Leila B. Salaverria 08/30/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Despite the skepticism of Western-oriented physicians, Filipinos have been using different parts of the Vitex negundo plant (known as lagundi in Tagalog and dangla in Ilocano) to treat various ailments long before Jesuit missionaries…

DOST eyes virgin coco oil as potential COVID-19 cure

Leila B. Salaverria - Philippine Daily Inquirer 07/22/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Many of the mild COVID-19 patients who were given virgin coconut oil (VCO) as part of a treatment trial have been sent home from the hospital, according to Secretary Fortunato dela Peña of the…

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