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Manila administers 1 million COVID-19 vaccines

The Manila city government has administered more than one million vaccines since it started its vaccination rollout against COVID-19 in March, according to Mayor Isko Moreno......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJul 19th, 2021

Cebu administers 1 million COVID-19 vaccines

More than one million COVID vaccines were administered in Cebu as of Wednesday, the Department of Health-Central Visayas office announced yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 12th, 2021

Quezon City administers 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

The Quezon City government has administered more than one million COVID-19 vaccines since the start of the inoculation program in March......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2021

Manila releases P38 million as advance payment for vaccines

In line with the city government’s COVID-19 mass vaccination roadmap, Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday authorized the release of P38.4 million from the city’s coffers as a 20 percent advance payment for 800,000 doses of British drug firm AstraZeneca’s vaccine......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2021

US vaccines to arrive in May – Romualdez

At least 56 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from American pharmaceutical companies are expected to arrive in Manila by May, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez confirmed yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 30th, 2021

Gov’t sets inspection of cold storage facilities

For COVID-19 vaccines The government will conduct an inspection starting next week of existing cold storage facilities as it prepares for another tripartite logistics suppliers agreement for an integrated shipment, storage and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the country. National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said this as he assured that inputs from the private logistics providers will be considered in organizing an end-to-end service for the vaccines’ rollout. Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) on COVID-19 (NTF AGAINST COVID-19 / MANILA BULLETIN) “Next week we will inspect all available cold chain storage. We are coordinating with a consortium so that they will make sure that all vaccines from 2-8-degree celcius to negative 70 will be taken care of,” he said. This developed as the Cold Chain Association of the Philippines (CCAP), told Manila Bulletin that the industry is still awaiting for the government to accept the industry’s offer to play a role in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine. CCAP is a multi-sectoral group of companies involved in the handling, storage, and distribution of chilled and frozen food, among other products.                Galvez assured that the logistics system for the vaccines will be in coordination with the vaccine suppliers, the cold storage provider and the government. Galvez explained the government has to establish an integrated logistics system for the vaccines to ensure there is no wastage of the new vaccines, which have different storage temperature requirement. “We have seen some reports that we have 30 percent wastage in some areas in Europe. With acute shortage of vaccines we cannot afford wastage,” he stressed. He further said that the cold storage facilities are part of their agreement with vaccine suppliers for an end-to-end service solution. The after sales service is part of this long commitment with the vaccine suppliers and as a requirement under the government’s universal health system. “We will make sure that the vaccine that will be coming here has an integrated coordination with vaccine maker, the local government units and the private sector so that includes after sales service,” he said. Meantime, the Go Negosyo which spearheaded the private sector donation drive “A Dose of Hope” said there are ongoing consultations to help Galvez in coming up with an integrated shipment, storage and distribution system for the vaccines. Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said the private sector donors would rather live the logistics aspect to the vaccine supplier Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals and the national government to ensure smooth implementation. Concepcion has secured 17 million doses from the private sector that are expected to inoculate 8 million Filipinos in June-July this year. Meantime, Royal Cargo Inc., one of the country’s leading logistics providers, has expanded its cold storage facility at its Paranaque head office so it can accommodate the different temperature requirements of the various COVID-19 vaccines. Earlier, CCAP President Anthony Dizon said the Philippine government is yet to formally tap the country’s cold chain industry for the handling and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the country.            According to Dizon, the industry, “individually and collectively”, has more than enough capacity to participate in the country’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution program.Right now, he said the cold chain industry’s total cumulative capacity stood at 500,000 pallet containers, while the initial 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine will consume only less than 200 pallets.            “Our initial estimate is that even if we are called upon to play a role in the storage of the vaccine, it will constitute a small portion of our capacity,” Dizon said.“The industry is just waiting for the government to approach us,” he added.   In a previous report,. said the government is now in discussion with the private sector regarding the state-led distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.             “I’m thankful to the private sector for throwing their support to us, like what they did when we ramped up our testing capacity,” said Galvez.  On the part of CCAP, however, Dizon said no official dialogue has so far taken place between the organization and the government regarding this matter......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

Isko readies deal for COVID-19 vaccine

  BY MINKA TIANGCO     Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso affirmed his readiness to buy P250-million worth of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) vaccines during a meeting with top Pfizer officials Tuesday night. The meeting was held after Pfizer announced that initial late-stage clinical trials showed that its vaccine is 90 percent effective in protecting […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsNov 11th, 2020

MMDA sets aside P20-million vaccine fund for employees

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is shelling out P20 million to buy COVID-19 vaccines when available to protect its employees from the deadly disease......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 12th, 2020

Manila ready to procure vaccine – Isko

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has signed an ordinance appropriating P200 million for the immediate procurement of COVID-19 vaccines for all city residents should it become available this year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 6th, 2020

There may never be a COVID-19 ‘silver bullet’: WHO

The World Health Organization warned Monday that there might never be a “silver bullet” for the new coronavirus, despite the rush to discover effective vaccines. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus/AFP FILE/ MANILA BULLETIN The WHO urged governments and citizens to focus on doing the known basics, such as testing, contact tracing, maintaining physical distance and wearing a mask in order to suppress the pandemic, which has upended normal life around the globe and triggered a devastating economic crisis. “We all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference. “However, there’s no silver bullet at the moment — and there might never be. “For now, stopping outbreaks comes down to the basics of public health and disease control. “Do it all,” he urged. The novel coronavirus has killed nearly 690,000 people and infected at least 18.1 million since the outbreak emerged in Wuhan in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP. China mission The WHO began pressing China in early May to invite in its experts to help investigate the animal origins of COVID-19. The UN health agency sent an epidemiologist and an animal health specialist to Beijing on July 10 to lay the groundwork for a probe aimed at identifying how the virus entered the human species. Their scoping mission is now complete, said Tedros. “The WHO advance team that travelled to China has now concluded their mission to lay the groundwork for further joint efforts to identify the virus origins,” he said. “WHO and Chinese experts have drafted the terms of reference for the studies and programme of work for an international team, led by WHO. “The international team will include leading scientists and researchers from China and around the world. “Epidemiological studies will begin in Wuhan to identify the potential source of infection of the early cases. “Evidence and hypotheses generated through this work will lay the ground for further, longer-term studies.” The pair have not yet returned to the WHO’s Geneva headquarters for a debriefing. Scientists believe the killer virus jumped from animals to humans, possibly from a market in the city of Wuhan selling exotic animals for meat. Chinese officials said early in the outbreak that the virus may have spread from a market in the city, which sold live and wild animals, but no further confirmation of that has been revealed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Gov’t officials ‘di dapat kasali sa libreng COVID-19 vaccine – Fortun

Manila, Philippines – Inihayag ni Agusan del Norte 1st District Rep. Lawrence Fortun na hindi dapat kasali ang government officials sa libreng bakuna laban sa coronavirus disease 2019 o COVID-19 kung sakaling magkakaroon na nito sa Pilipinas. “Sa free vaccines for 20 million Filipinos, hindi dapat kasama kahit sinong opisyal ng gobyerno at kanilang pamilya, […] The post Gov’t officials ‘di dapat kasali sa libreng COVID-19 vaccine – Fortun appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

1.2 million doses of Chinese vaccines arrive in Philippines

The Philippines received Saturday 1.2 million doses of China-made COVID-19 vaccines, consisting of one million doses of Sinovac’s shot and 260,800 doses of Sinopharm’s jab.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 21st, 2021

Duterte thanks Xi anew for jabs, vows ‘neutral’ PH

President Duterte on Friday told Chinese President Xi Jinping that the Philippines would remain “neutral” on geopolitical issues, as he thanked Beijing for its latest donation of COVID-19 vaccines. Mr. Duterte welcomed the arrival of 739,000 Sinopharm doses that were part of the 1 million doses of that brand that China had pledged to the […] The post Duterte thanks Xi anew for jabs, vows ‘neutral’ PH appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

50% of Metro Manila’s eligible population ‘fully vaccinated’

About half of the more than nine million residents of Metro Manila eligible for vaccination have received their second dose against COVID-19, Metro Manila Council chairman and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

PRC gets Pfizer, Sinovac

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Friday announced that it has received around 30,000 Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines to augment the humanitarian group’s Covid-19 vaccination drive, which is now being expanded outside Metro Manila through the deployment of its Bakuna Bus in Calabarzon. PRC Health Services Manager Mark Abrigo said that Pfizer vaccines are stored […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

Around 6 million doses of COVD-19 vaccines arriving this week

The Philippines is set to receive roughly six million vaccines against COVID-19 this week, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 17th, 2021

Mga tourism worker may laban na sa COVID-19

Good news sa lahat! Inaasahan na mabibigyan na ng Covid-19 vaccines ang lahat ng mga mangagawa ng turismo sa Metro Manila bago matapos ang buwan ng Agosto. Umaarangkada na rin ang bakunahan sa iba’t bang tourist spots gaya ng Boracay Island, Bohol, Palawan, Baguio at Pampanga. The post Mga tourism worker may laban na sa COVID-19 first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2021

Palace: 3 million more jabs to arrive this week

Almost three million more Pfizer and Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines procured by the government will arrive this week, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 10th, 2021

Duterte OKs funds for jab adverse effect indemnity

President Duterte has approved the release of a P500-million indemnity fund to compensate anyone who may suffer from severe side effects after receiving COVID-19 vaccines, Sen. Bong Go said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

Palace vows P13-billion aid to MM under lockdown

A total of P13.1 billion worth of cash assistance that will be distributed to about 10.7 million Metro Manila residents affected by the COVID-19 lockdown will be taken from the savings of all government agencies, Malacañang said Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2021

China pledges to donate more COVID-19 vaccines to Philippines

China pledged Thursday that it will donate more COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines, which will boost Manila’s jab supply amid the threat of the more contagious Delta coronavirus variant......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 29th, 2021