Price of Sinovac’s vaccine should not remain confidential, Drilon tells Galvez

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 01/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The price of China’s Sinovac vaccine to be sold to the Philippine government should no longer remain confidential, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Monday, citing the public’s right to information. “You have the…

City mayors to meet with national execs on purchase of vaccines by LGUs

Carla Gomez - @inquirerdotnet 01/10/2021

BACOLOD CITY – The national president of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) has called for a virtual general assembly of city mayors on Tuesday, January 12, to meet with national officials to discuss the…

Galvez to LCP: Coordinate vaccine purchase with national govt

Morexette Marie B. Erram 12/27/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The national government wants to work closely with Local Government Units (LGUs) in the purchase of coronavirus disease vaccines to make sure that they will only buy from legitimate suppliers. Cebu City Mayor…

On Christmas Day, vaccine czar Galvez hails COVID-19 frontliners

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 12/25/2020

MANILA, Philippines — COVID-19 policy chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. paid tribute to pandemic frontliners as the country celebrates Christmas Day. “As we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, let us not…

Angara: 100M Filipinos could be inoculated vs COVID-19 if vaccines at P600 each

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 12/10/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Over 100 million Filipinos are estimated to be vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) if each vaccine that the government would buy is priced at P600, Senator Sonny Angara said Thursday. The budget…

Before we begin mass vaccination

Philip M. Lustre Jr. - @inquirerdotnet 12/03/2020

Two things are to be considered in the envisioned nationwide mass immunization against COVID-19: First, it has to be depoliticized—completely, if possible; and second, the source of the vaccine has to be diversified, which means it should…

PH to sign COVID-19 vaccine deal with AstraZeneca on Friday

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 11/26/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government, together with local private companies, will sign a tripartite agreement with British drugmaker AstraZeneca on Friday for the purchase of its COVID-19 vaccine. The country’s vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.…

Gov’t eyes COVID-19 vaccination of 50 to 60 percent of population

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 11/20/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The government wants to vaccinate 50 to 60 percent of the country’s population against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to achieve herd immunity, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire…

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…

PH health facilities unprepared for COVID pandemic – Galvez

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 07/30/2020

MANILA, Philippines — National Task Force COVID-19 chief implementer  Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. on Thursday admitted that the country was unable to prepare and invest in its health facilities prior to the pandemic. Galvez added that there…

Weak contact tracing, psychological stigma among challenges faced by Cebu City — Galvez 

Krissy Aguilar - INQUIRER.net 07/02/2020

MANILA, Philippines — While Cebu City is now “improving,” the chief implementer of the government’s COVID-19 efforts said several challenges were observed as to why the city became a COVID-19 hotspot. “Nakikita po natin nag-i-improve ang Cebu because of…

Galvez: Cebu City still needs ‘stringent’ restrictions

Rosalie O. Abatayo 06/29/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — While the public awaits the President’s announcement on the post-June 30 quarantine status of the country, Secretary Carlito Galvez, National Task Force chief implementer, hints that Cebu City still needs more “stringent” restrictions…

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