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As US vaccine demand falls, states look to new solutions

It's official: America's COVID-19 immunization campaign is stalling......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardMay 2nd, 2021

Duterte appoints Galvez as vaccine czar; ‘good choice’, say lawmakers

By Genalyn D. Kabiling and Charissa Luci-Atienza In a meeting with government officials on the disaster response Monday, President Duterte announced he wanted former AFP chief and now Presidential peace adviser Carlito Galvez Jr Galvez to lead the government’s vaccine acquisition and distribution effort.  Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. (NTF AGAINST COVID-19 / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Duterte said Galvez would be the only authorized official to negotiate for the country’s’ vaccine supply. He expressed his dislike with the creation of committees since the process will take long.  “As I have said earlier during the start of the COVID, I only want one line of authority coming from dito sa the Task Force sa pagbili ng bakuna, the negotiation, manufacture, negotiation, production or distribution is ibinigay ko ‘yan kay Secretary Galvez,” he said. “I have great faith in Charlie to really come up with the solutions for the problem,” he added. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque defended the additional assignment given to Galvez, saying the planned immunization drive would involve “more of a logistics challenge than a medical challenge.” Galvez, who joined the Duterte Cabinet in 2018, also currently serves as chief implementer of the government’s plan to fight the coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, members of the House of Representatives lauded Galvez’s designation as vaccine war, among them: Representatives Michael Defensor, Roger Mercado, Ronnie Ong, Alfred Vargas and Rosanna Vergara. “It’s more of a logistics challenge than a medical challenge,” Roque explained. He said the only medical issues involved in the vaccine purchase are related to safety and efficacy of the drugs. This matter, he said, will be handled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  He said Galvez is expected to continue his close coordination with the Department of Health and other agencies that will be involved in the vaccination drive. “Gen. Galvez would have the hindsight of what happened and the understanding of the COVID baseline. What we need is the leadership and managerial skills in taking the lead of the COVID vaccine campaign,” Defensor, chairperson of the House Committee on Public Accounts, said in a text message when asked if the vaccine czar should have been a medical doctor.  “I support the President’s appointment of Sec Galvez.  Galvez is an innovative  administrator. He can be trusted to implement the program well,”  Mercado said in a separate text message.  “We are happy that the president is preparing early and appointing someone to lead is good news,” Ong said.  Vargas also rallied behind the  the decision of President Duterte to appoint Galvez, saying that “we don’t need a doctor but a manager for this job.” Vergara also gave her vote of confidence to Galvez.  “Being the COVID-19 policy chief implementer, he has a clear overview of the COVID-19 situation in the county and such knowledge is very crucial in the distribution of the vaccine. I am sure, there are medical experts who advise the good Secretary,” she said.  “I am assuming  the vaccine chosen has already passed all testing and FDA approvals , the challenge will be to properly allocate and distribute it fairly across the country to the most vulnerable  and this is the challenge anyone who heads this Task Force will face– how do you properly allocate this should the vaccine supply be limited because of world wide demand? Thus, the need to plan for equally expedited distribution and delivery. Building a delivery system that is quick, fair and will not result to inequitable distribution,”  Vergara added......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2020

The United States will send 1.5 million doses of the modern vaccine against COVID-19 to Guatemala

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki at a news conference in Washington (Photo: EFE/Michael Reynolds) The White House confirmed this Tuesday that Guatemala will receive.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 7th, 2021

Movistar + shows a preview of the new Susi Caramelo, who is traveling to the United States to get the vaccine

Susi Caramelo’s return to Movistar+ is closer. The Spanish entertainment platform posted on its social networks Preview of what will be the new comedy showI.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2021

PH to Receive US Vaccine Donations

The Philippines has been officially named by The White House as one of the countries to receive coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine donations from the United States (US), according to the United States Embassy in Manila. The arrival of the said vaccines is expected soon. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law reiterated US President Joe Biden’s […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

US to push out 80M vax doses to certain allies

United States President Joe Biden will announce within days the details of a plan to export 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to other countries "without any political strings attached," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 4th, 2021

Not over until it is

They are taking off their face masks in many parts of the United States and 60 percent of adults have now received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to the CDC......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 27th, 2021

63% of Pinoys want US vaccine brands

More than half of 63 percent of Filipinos preferred to receive COVID-19 vaccines manufactured in the United States, the latest Social Weather Stations survey showed......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 24th, 2021

Coronavirus | The United States Says A ‘Equity’ Target In Delivering Global COVID-19 Vaccine

Chief epidemiologist in the United States government, Anthony FauciThis Thursday, he confirmed that “equity” is a very important goal in the global distribution of COVID-19.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021

Philippines to import more rice next year

The Philippines is projected to import more rice next year to meet the rising demand for the commodity, according to the United States Department of Agriculture......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 14th, 2021

US authorizes Pfizer vax for children

The United States has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 years old, while the devastating outbreak in India raged on......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 11th, 2021

Philippines approves Moderna’s COVID-19 jab for emergency use

The Philippines approved the COVID-19 vaccine of United States biotech company Moderna for emergency use, making it the seventh coronavirus jab to get clearance in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 5th, 2021

India posts new Covid record as global cases hit 150 million

New Delhi, INDIA – India on Friday posted another grim global record for daily coronavirus infections, pushing worldwide cases past 150 million, as the WHO listed the US made Moderna vaccine for emergency use. The United States had good news at home with the vaccination campaign boasting a significant milestone of 100 million people now […] The post India posts new Covid record as global cases hit 150 million appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 1st, 2021

PH eyes buying excess AstraZeneca shots from Israel, US, UK

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government is seeking to buy excess or unused AstraZeneca vaccines from countries Israel, United States, and United Kingdom, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Thursday. Galvez said the Philippine government has already written a letter of intent to procure excess vaccines from Israel, US, and UK — the top three […] The post PH eyes buying excess AstraZeneca shots from Israel, US, UK appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 29th, 2021

US to ramp up support for Covid-hit India

The United States will "immediately" make supplies of vaccine-production material, as well as therapeutics, tests, ventilators and protective equipment available to India as the South Asian giant faces a Covid-19 surge, the White House said Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 26th, 2021

‘Achieving vaccine self-reliance should be legacy of pandemic’

Achieving vaccine self-reliance should be the legacy of the pandemic, the chief of the government’s lead communication arm said, as the global supply of COVID-19 shots remains tight due to high demand......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 24th, 2021

Achieving vaccine self-reliance should be pandemic s legacy — PCOO

Achieving vaccine self-reliance should be the legacy of the pandemic, the chief of the government's lead communication arm said, as the global supply of COVID-19 shots remains tight because of high demand......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 24th, 2021

US hits big vaccination milestone

WASHINGTON—The hard-hit United States has passed a hopeful milestone as half its adults have had at least one Covid vaccine dose and from Monday all its over 18s will be eligible to get their shot......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 19th, 2021

Raising the ban on vaccine raw materials, Adar Poonawalla caressed Biden

Adar Poonawalla approached the United States to lift the current prohibition on the fare of crude materials for the creation of (Covid-19) immunization. Adar Poonawalla,.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 16th, 2021

USAID provides additional $3.5 million for Philippines vaccine rollout

The United States Agency for International Development will give the Philippines an additional $3.5 million to support the rollout of vaccines obtained from the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Initiative facility......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 15th, 2021

U.S. grants P170M for vaccine deployment

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing the Philippines P170 million ($3.5 million) to support the Department of Health (DoH) in its Covid-19 vaccination rollout. The new assistance, which brings total US government support for the Philippines’ Covid-19 response to nearly Php1.3 billion ($27 million), will strengthen the country’s health system and […] The post U.S. grants P170M for vaccine deployment appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 15th, 2021