Name Cabinet officials who were given vaccine – Gordon

Sen. Richard Gordon yesterday urged Cabinet officials who reportedly had themselves secretly vaccinated with smuggled serums from state-owned Sinopharm of China to come clean for transparency and allow health authorities to examine them for possible adverse side effects......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 4th, 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: NewsNov 3rd, 2020

Galvez named COVID vaccine czar

President Rodrigo Duterte has named Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. as the government’s “vaccine czar” who would take charge in securing vaccines against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), rejecting the special body formed by Cabinet officials for such a task. In a televised briefing on Monday, the President declared that Galvez, a retired Philippine Army general who […] The post Galvez named COVID vaccine czar appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2020

Cabinet officials to get Sinovac jabs to boost public confidence, senator says

Existing data shows that the Sinovac jabs donated to the country by the Chinese government have not yet undergone Phase 3 clinical trials......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News54 min. ago

Procurement of Indian vaccine hits snag

Efforts to acquire COVID-19 vaccines from India have hit a snag after Indian authorities placed under lockdown an area where Philippine officials would have gone to negotiate for faster delivery of the vaccines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2021

Mon Tulfo admits getting inoculated with smuggled Sinopharm shots, eyes local distributorship

In an interview with “The Chiefs” on One News Tuesday, Tulfo said others who were inoculated with the smuggled vaccines were “Cabinet-level” officials and a senator whose names he withheld......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2021

Duterte, top officials can now try Sinovac

The Food and Drug Administration granted yesterday, just before the targeted start of the mass vaccination rollout, an emergency use authorization for the coronavirus vaccine developed by the Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2021


At a meeting with President Duterte and other Cabinet members in Davao City last Monday, “vaccine czar” Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. declared that “we are ready for the vaccines.” A dry run was conducted on the movement of the vaccines from the airport to the warehouse and storage facilities with time checks being made. “All […] The post Incompetence appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2021

Australia administers first COVID-19 vaccines

Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout began Sunday, with top officials among a small group receiving the first jabs a day before the vaccination programme starts in earnest......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2021

COVID-19 updates in Davao: low vaccine registration, SPMC near full capacity

This week, local officials in Davao are making headways in preparing for the COVID-19 vaccine said to be arriving soon. But local health faces challenge in rising cases. We break down the updates and statements they have made this week......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2021

First vaccine batch may benefit gov t officials

First vaccine batch may benefit gov t officials.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2021

Palace bucks CPP suggestion on Covid vaccine delivery

Malacañang on Tuesday rejected the suggestion of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to avoid using military vehicles in transporting Covid-19 vaccines. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the government won’t follow the advice of a “terrorist group” as he insisted that officials would adhere to its immunization plan. Earlier in the day, the CPP […] The post Palace bucks CPP suggestion on Covid vaccine delivery appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2021

Senate panel summons ‘Big 4’ motorcycle dealers

The Senate Blue Ribbon committee will summon the so-called Big Four motorcycle dealers, which Sen. Richard Gordon suspects are tied with corruption with some officials of the Land Transportation Office in the delays in the production of registration documents and license plates......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2021

IATF chiefs willing to get jabs, regardless of brand

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases chiefs Cabinet secretary Karlo Nograles and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III are willing to receive “whatever brand” of vaccine against COVID-19, aiming to boost confidence in vaccine safety and efficacy......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2021

Ulo ng LTO officials hinihingi ni Gordon dahil sa delay sa batas kontra ‘riding-in-tandem’

Hiniling ni Senator Richard Gordon na magbitiw na sa kanilang puwesto ang mga opisyal at kawani ng Land Transportation Office (LTO) na responsable sa pagkakaantala sa pagpapatupad ng Republic Act 11235 o ang Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act. Sa pagdinig ng pinamumunuan niyang Blue Ribbon Committee, ipinagdiinan ni Gordon na halos 9,000 na ang napapatay ng […] The post Ulo ng LTO officials hinihingi ni Gordon dahil sa delay sa batas kontra ‘riding-in-tandem’ appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2021

Caloocan exec assures adherence to NTF guidelines for vaccine rollout

CALOOCAN CITY, Feb. 3 (PIA) -- Caloocan City Mayor Oca Malapitan on Tuesday assured visiting Cabinet members of the National Task Force against COVID-19 that the city will be adhering to the guidel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2021

Filipino’s access to more vaccines

Last Wednesday, I was interviewed on ANC’s Headstart with Karen Davila where I provided an update of our talks with other vaccine manufacturers, along with my suggestion to Secretary Galvez to make the vaccine roll-out open to executives and even to our high-ranking government officials......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 28th, 2021

Officials volunteer to take COVID-19 vaccine in public as Duterte shuns move

A growing number of administration officials have said that they are willing to be vaccinated for the coronavirus in public, but President Rodrigo Duterte's men continued to insist on privacy for him in his choice to take it in public, contrary to what he said months ago......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 27th, 2021

Denmark makes homeless a priority in vaccine rollout

Denmark on Tuesday announced it would include homeless people among those given priority for Covid-19 vaccines, after calls from charities and officials to care for the vulnerable group......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 20th, 2021

Our Dengvaxia moment

The conflicting statements and reports being issued by administration officials on the government’s Covid-19 vaccination program is turning this critically needed and, yes, much heralded effort to get the country back on its feet into a Dengvaxia crisis. It may be even worse and certainly more unforgivable than the highly condemnable last-minute operation mounted by the PNoy administration injecting more than 800,000 Filipinos with the haphazardly tested, clinically deficient, and not to mention overpriced anti-dengue Dengvaxia vaccine......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021

Biden to sign executive orders on Day 1, amid high alert for inauguration

Joe Biden’s top aide said Saturday the incoming president would sign about a dozen executive orders on his first day in office, as police fearing violence from Trump supporters staged a nationwide security operation ahead of the inauguration. Authorities in Washington, where Wednesday’s inauguration will take place, said they arrested a man with a loaded handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition at a security checkpoint, underscoring the tension in the US capital which is resembling a war zone. However, the man’s family told US media he was a security guard, rejecting the idea he was intent on causing harm. Incoming Biden chief of staff Ron Klain said in a memo to new White House senior staff that the executive orders would address the pandemic, the ailing US economy, climate change and racial injustice in America. “All of these crises demand urgent action,” Klain said in the memo. “In his first ten days in office, President-elect Biden will take decisive action to address these four crises, prevent other urgent and irreversible harms, and restore America’s place in the world,” Klain added. As he inherits the White House from Donald Trump, Biden’s plate is overflowing with acute challenges. The US is fast approaching 400,000 dead from the Covid-19 crisis and logging well over a million new cases a week as the coronavirus spreads out of control. The economy is ailing, with 10 million fewer jobs available compared to the start of the pandemic. Biden this week unveiled plans to seek $1.9 trillion to revive the economy through new stimulus payments and other aid, and plans a blitz to accelerate America’s stumbling Covid vaccine rollout effort. On Inauguration Day Biden, as previously promised, will sign orders including ones for the US to rejoin the Paris climate accord and reverse Trump’s ban on entry of people from certain Muslim majority countries, Klain said. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward,” Klain said. – 500 rounds of ammunition – Meanwhile, Washington was under a state of high alert after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6. The assault left five people dead, including a police officer. Security officials have warned that armed pro-Trump extremists, possibly carrying explosives, pose a threat to Washington as well as state capitals over the coming week. Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed in Washington and streets have been blocked off downtown with concrete barriers. On Friday night, police arrested a Virginia man at a security checkpoint where he tried to use an “unauthorized” credential to access the restricted area where Biden will be inaugurated. As officers checked the credential against the authorized access list, one noticed decals on the back of Wesley Beeler’s pick-up truck that said “Assault Life,” with an image of a rifle, and another with the message: “If they come for your guns, give ’em your bullets first,” according to a document filed in Washington, DC Superior Court. Under questioning, Beeler told officers he had a Glock handgun in the vehicle. A search uncovered a loaded handgun, more than 500 rounds of ammunition, shotgun shells and a magazine for the gun, the court document said. Beeler was arrested on charges including possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. But Beeler’s father Paul told The New York Times his son had been working as a security guard on the Capitol grounds. Asked if the younger Beeler supported a peaceful transition of power, Paul Beeler told the newspaper, “That’s the reason he’s there.” In addition to the heavy security presence in Washington, law enforcement was out in force in state capitals around the country to ward off potential political violence. Mass protests that had been planned for the weekend did not materialize on Saturday, with security far outnumbering Trump supporters at several fortified statehouses, US media reported. In St Paul, Minnesota, for example, hundreds of law enforcement officers, some armed with long guns, ringed the Capitol with National Guard troops providing backup.  The number of protesters totaled about 50......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsJan 17th, 2021