Duterte growing impatient over delayed delivery of Covid vaccine — Palace

Krissy Aguilar 02/19/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte himself is already growing impatient over the delay in arrival of Covid-19 vaccines, Malacañang said Friday, February 19, 2021. “Si Presidente, nagsalita na. Siya po mismo naiinip na,” presidential spokesperson Harry…

DOH7: COVID-19 vaccine ‘ideally works’ in preventing severe symptoms

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/18/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) clarified that receiving vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is not a guaranteed prevention from getting infected.  This as the local government of Mandaue City on…

Lawmakers worried: Still no vaccine supply agreements

DJ Yap - Reporter / @deejayapINQ 02/13/2021

Senators were distressed that no supply contract for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines has been signed so far due to snail-paced government negotiations with drug manufacturers, while Congress leaders pushed a bill to allow local governments to…

DOH-7 reiterates call for kids to be vaccinated vs measles, polio 

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/11/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Central Visayas needs to vaccinate more children if it meant rendering the national government’s inoculation program against measles and polio effective. As of February 7, 2021, data from the Department of Health in Central Visayas…

VSMMC healthcare workers to receive COVID vaccines from Pfizer 

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/10/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) announced that the first batch of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines for Cebu will arrive sooner. Dr. Jaime Bernadas, director of DOH-7, said they are expecting vaccines…

Rumors and fear dog Philippine plan for coronavirus vaccine drive

Reuters 01/28/2021

MANILA, Philippines — In the Philippines, a country of 108 million, memories of a dengue vaccine that has been banned locally are putting people off the idea of coronavirus immunization even before the campaign begins. “Many kids…

Vaccine plan for Cebu City nearing completion

Delta Letigio 01/27/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City government is now preparing for the arrival of the national government allotment of COVID-19 vaccines for the city. The city is finalizing the vaccine plan and is currently in talks…

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…

So how much is the ‘kick-vac’?

Solita Callas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 01/16/2021

Remember Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.’s charge that the Philippines had the opportunity (he arranged it) to contract with Pfizer for the delivery of vaccines as early as January this year—and that the government flubbed it? Somebody…

Pope Francis to have COVID-19 vaccine, says it is the ethical choice for all

Reuters 01/10/2021

VATICAN CITY  – Pope Francis said on Saturday he planned to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as early as next week and urged everyone to get a shot, to protect not only their own lives but those of…

Lapu-Lapu mayor eyes P100M for COVID vaccines

Futch Anthony Inso 01/07/2021

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — The Lapu-lapu City government will allocate not less than P100 million in purchasing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine. Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan said this in an interview with CDN Digital…

FDA concerned with PSG chief’s revelation on virus vaccine inoculations

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 12/31/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday expressed concern over the revelation made by the commander of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) that personnel of the unit injected the COVID-19 vaccine themselves. “As…

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