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ILOILO CITY SHARES VAX WITH NEIGHBORING TOWNS

The city government of Iloilo will share its purchased AstraZeneca coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines with municipalities composing the Metro Iloilo Guimaras Economic Development Council (MIGEDC) to also boost their inoculation targets. This was confirmed by Iloilo City COVID-19 focal person Roland Jay Fortuna during a virtual press conference where he said aside from the […]

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PH URGED TO SUPPORT COVID VAX PATENT WAIVER

Senator Koko Pimentel III, as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, filed Committee Report No. 274 urging the Philippine Government to support the proposal before the WTO for a waiver of the intellectual property rights over COVID-19 vaccines. Pimentel believes that such a waiver would help ramp up global production of the much-needed […]

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TIME FOR PH TO PRODUCE OWN VACCINE – GATCHALIAN

While world leaders continue to debate whether there should be a suspension of intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, Senator Win Gatchalian urged the government to be one step ahead – explore the possibility of the country having the capacity to produce its own vaccine. Gatchalian said concerned government agencies such as the Department of […]

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PACQUIAO URGES US, CHINA TO DEPLOY VACCINES FASTER

Senator Manny Pacquiao held a press briefing on the letters he sent to U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese Ambassador to the PH Huang Xilian and clarified that he only wanted that COVID-19 vaccines from the United States and China be sent to the Philippines faster. It was known Pacquiao sent out a letter to […]

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DA STARTS AFRICAN SWINE FEVER VACCINE TRIALS – DAR

The Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI) — in collaboration with a U.S. vaccine company, and Zoetiz, a global animal health company — has started initial vaccine trials in areas previously affected by the dreaded African Swine Fever (ASF). Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the ASF vaccine trials started on April […]

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ZUBIRI LAUDS OK OF PRIVATE SECTOR VAX PURCHASE

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri has expressed his support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement that the private sector will now be allowed to buy COVID-19 vaccines at will. “I laud the decision of the President to allow the private sector to import and buy vaccines at will, as this will be able to assist […]

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VILLAFUERTE TO HOUSE: HELP BOOST VAX CONFIDENCE

Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte believes that members of the House of Representatives have all the more reason to initiate or take part in the public information drives in their respective localities on the Covid-19 vaccination program, following the latest tracking polls showing that a majority of Filipinos are not willing to get their shots […]

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PROBE RETURN OF 7,500 VAX FROM BICOL – PANGILINAN

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should explain how an unlicensed logistics company using a defective thermometer was allowed to deliver AstraZeneca vaccines causing 7,500 doses to be returned to the Department of Health, Senator Kiko Pangilinan said. Citing the law creating the FDA (Republic Act 3720) and the law strengthening and rationalizing its regulatory […]

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ALLOW PRIVATE SECTOR TO BUY VACCINES – VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva scored the proposal to exclude certain firms from the government’s vaccine procurement program, saying such a move, if implemented, would hamper the efforts on speeding up the roll out of vaccines across the broader population. Villanueva referred to Section 5 of a draft administrative order by the Department of Health circulating in […]

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VACCINE CONFIDENCE INCREASES IN TAYTAY – GACULA

The local government of Taytay in Rizal said vaccine confidence among its residents has increased since their rollout began while medical frontliners continue to avail of the COVID-19 jabs. Mayor Joric Gacula said that based on talks with residents, the municipal health office’s personnel noted more are willing to be vaccinated. “The number of residents […]