22 among 25 UK Covid-19 variant patients have recovered — DOH

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 02/08/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Twenty-two among the 25 patients in the country who were infected with the more transmisible UK variant of the new coronavirus have recovered, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday. Health undersecretary Maria Rosario…

DOH apologizes to Cebu over conflict in address of UK Covid-19 variant patient

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 02/08/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) apologized on Monday to Cebu residents for earlier announcing that a UK Covid-19 variant patient was from Liloan even though he did not stay in the town prior to…

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…

Pfizer’s EUA stays as FDA awaits report on Norway deaths — DOH

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 01/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine will remain for now despite reports that some elderly people with underlying health conditions in Norway have died after getting inoculated with vaccine from the…

Gov’t to issue COVID-19 vaccine passports — DOH

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 01/15/2021

  MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos who will be vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be issued vaccine passports by the Philippine government, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday. “Itong vaccine passport na ito, meron po…

2 brands of COVID-19 vaccine may arrive in PH by February — DOH

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 01/11/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Two types of COVID-19 vaccines may arrive in the country as early as February, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday. “May portfolio po tayo na iba’t ibang mga bakuna (We have a portfolio…

Results on testing for new COVID variant to be out Wednesday or Thursday — DOH

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 01/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Results of the testing on whether or not the new and more infectious COVID-19 virus variant has entered the country may be released this week, the Department of Health said Monday. Health Undersecretary Maria…

IATF to meet on Dec. 28 to discuss quarantine classifications for January 2021

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 12/26/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) will meet on Monday, Dec. 28 to discuss the quarantine classifications of different areas in the country for the month of January…

DOH may consider exempting solo cyclists from mandatory wearing of face shield 

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 12/19/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said it was considering to exempt solo cyclists to be exempted from the mandatory wearing of face shields, considering that oxygen is needed for any form of…

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…

Crowded shelters might cause COVID surge–DOH

Jovic Yee, Leila B. Salaverria - @inquirerdotnet 11/14/2020

The Department of Health (DOH) warned of a “very strong possibility” of local COVID-19 cases increasing further due to overcrowding in evacuation centers following the recent onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco). At a press briefing…

PH to conduct study on antigen test for border screening

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 09/18/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) will conduct a study in a selected city to ascertain whether or not antigen tests can be used for border screening for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Health  Undersecretary…

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