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Philippines approves Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

The Philippines has approved the coronavirus vaccine of Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech SE for emergency use, the Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 14th, 2021

Cebu City now in talks with Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City government is now in talks with Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Moderna for the possible procurements of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines. This is the first time that the city has actively pursued a pharmaceutical company to identify which of these companies will be the vaccine provider for the […] The post Cebu City now in talks with Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2021

City mayors in talks for possible purchase of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna

ILOILO CITY –– City governments under the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) are eyeing to purchase more coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines being developed by drug manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna. Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, chair of the LCP committee of vaccine procurement, said city governments want to source out more vaccines even as […] The post City mayors in talks for possible purchase of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2021

FDA grants emergency use authorization for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer. “After a thorough review of the currently available data by medical and regulatory experts, the FDA today is granting an emergency use authorization to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine,” FDA director-general Eric Domingo said in a […] The post FDA grants emergency use authorization for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2021

FDA: Pfizer vaccine emergency use authorization to be out in 1-2 days

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is already finalizing the emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, and it is expected to be issued in one to two days. FDA Director General Eric Domingo on Monday said Pfizer has applied for an EUA in December, and the country’s experts have […] The post FDA: Pfizer vaccine emergency use authorization to be out in 1-2 days appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2021

AstraZeneca applies for COVID-19 vaccine emergency use in Philippines

The development brings the number of vaccine manufacturers seeking regulators' approval to two, following Pfizer which submitted theirs in late December......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 6th, 2021

WHO emergency listing of Pfizer vaccine can speed up review process — health chief

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was the first to receive WHO’s “emergency validation” since the novel coronavirus emerged in China a year ago......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 1st, 2021

Pfizer applies for emergency use authority in Philippines

US pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. has officially applied for the required authority to supply and market COVID-19 vaccine in the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 27th, 2020

Vaccine deals inked by January

The Philippines, reeling under coronavirus infections and deaths since March, is looking at possible deals with various COVID-19 vaccine producers while US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has promised to help Manila get back a “fraction” of the 10 million doses of Pfizer vaccine, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 20th, 2020

UK approves Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for use

UK approves Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for use.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2020

No conditions in China’s move to prioritize PH as vaccine recipient — Sta. Romana

China has not imposed any condition when it included the Philippines as among the priority nations to gain access to its potential coronavirus vaccine, according to a Filipino diplomat. Amb. Jose Santiago Sta. Romana Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said China instead reminded the country to prepare its cold storage facilities amid the highly anticipated breakthrough in vaccine development. China will hopefully announce its mass production of the coronavirus vaccine before the end of the year or early next year, Sta. Romana said during an online Palace press briefing. “Hopefully, mass production and distribution will happen in the near future, as early as November and December in terms of production. And it will depend on our capability to receive the vaccines in terms of our facilities, in terms of distribution,” he said.  “The prospects are bright in terms of a breakthrough in vaccine,” he added. Sta. Romana made clear that the cold storage facilities for the potential COVID-19 vaccines are not conditions set by China but simply a reminder to ensure effective distribution of the vaccine.  “It’s just a reminder that if you get the vaccine and you don’t have cold chain storage, then it’s useless so you have to prepare,” he said, citing information from Chinese drug companies.  He said even if the Philippines is in the “priority list,” the distribution of the vaccine will be a challenge. He said the vaccines must be stored in “freezing conditions” to keep its efficacy.  “If exposed to tropical weather or to normal weather conditions, the vaccine could lose its effectiveness,” he said.So far, Sta. Romana said the vaccines being developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firms have entered phase 3 of the clinical trials. One of the potential vaccines have been approved for emergency use for health workers and other government frontliners. “The Chinese will make an announcement in the near future and then they’ll start their mass production. And once there is the mass production, then I think there will be distribution. Hopefully, before the end of the year; but surely by the first quarter of next year,” he said.  Asked if China has imposed any condition on the Philippines in exchange for the vaccine supply, Sta. Romana said: “No, not at all. Actually, we’re the ones, our condition is that it should pass our local requirements.” When asked if Beijing has pledged the amount of vaccines and if these will be given to Manila for free, Sta. Romana said the matter would entail more discussion. “I cannot give you a definitive answer right now but definitely in terms of number, you know, how they will do it kasi it depends on the—they’re talking of hundreds of millions in terms of production dito sa China. So, the question is iyong distribution and deployment,” he said. “They’re preparing their manufacturing facilities for the mass production of vaccines the moment approval is announced,” he added. Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado has assured that the government has funds that will be needed for the establishment of the cold storage facilities for the coronavirus vaccines. “Surely, as the sun rises in the east, there will be funds for that because the President will never allow that we will run short of the requirements to make sure that we have the storage facilities for all of these vaccines,” he said in the same online press conference. Last week, President Duterte expressed confidence about the safety of the vaccines being developed by China, citing the Asian neighbor is a modern country. He said the government has funds for the vaccine purchase, adding he was just waiting for China or Russia to contact him. “I’d be glad to open up my sleeves because I am confident with their vaccine,” he added......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

WHO warns of drawn out pandemic as South Africa cases top 500,000

The UN health agency warned that the coronavirus pandemic would be lengthy and could lead to “response fatigue”, as the case count in South Africa topped half a million. Although many Latin American countries have begun relaxing stay-at-home measures, the virus is still spreading quickly across much of the region Six months after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency, the novel coronavirus has killed more than 680,000 people and infected more than 17.5 million, according to an AFP tally. South Africa is by far the hardest hit country in Africa, accounting for more than half of diagnosed infections, although President Cyril Ramaphosa said the fatality rate is lower than the global average. Health authorities had been expecting a surge in cases after the gradual loosening of a strict lockdown that was imposed at the end of March. Nigeria on Saturday also announced it would ease a lockdown in the commercial capital Lagos, allowing churches and mosques to reopen next week.  An emergency WHO committee reviewing the pandemic “highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 outbreak, noting the importance of sustained community, national, regional, and global response efforts”. “WHO continues to assess the global risk level of COVID-19 to be very high,” it said in its latest statement. The agency also said the effects of the pandemic “will be felt for decades to come”. Mexico overtook Britain to become the third hardest hit country in virus deaths — after Brazil and the United States — with more than 46,600 fatal cases. Although many Latin American countries have begun relaxing stay-at-home measures, the virus is still spreading quickly across much of the region, which has now recorded more than four million cases and almost 200,000 deaths. Half of them are in Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro said he believes “nearly everyone” will catch the virus eventually, after himself recovering from it. The US, the hardest-hit country in the world, has now tallied more than 4.6 million cases and 154,319 deaths. Vaccine race The outlook was bleak in Asia as well, where India and the Philippines reported record increases in new daily infections. “We are waging a losing battle against COVID-19, and we need to draw up a consolidated, definitive plan of action,” said an open letter signed by 80 Filipino medical associations. Japan’s Okinawa declared a state of emergency after a record jump in cases on the islands — many linked to US military forces stationed there. The pandemic has spurred a race for a vaccine with several Chinese companies at the forefront, while Russia has set a target date of September to roll out its own medicine. However, US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said it was unlikely his country would use any vaccine developed in either nation. “I do hope that the Chinese and the Russians are actually testing the vaccine before they are administering the vaccine to anyone,” he said. As part of its “Operation Warp Speed”, the US government will pay pharmaceutical giants Sanofi and GSK up to $2.1 billion for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, the companies said. ‘Day of freedom’ France, Spain, Portugal and Italy all reported huge contractions in their economies for the April-June quarter, while Europe as a whole saw gross domestic product fall by 12.1 percent.  Daily case numbers in Switzerland have crept up again in recent weeks, while Norway recorded its first virus death in two weeks. At least 36 crew members confined to a Norwegian cruise ship have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the operator Hurtigruten said on Saturday.  Despite the resurgence in cases, there have been demonstrations in Europe against the curbs.  Thousands protested in Berlin on Saturday urging “a day of freedom” from the restrictions, with some demonstrators dubbing the pandemic “the biggest conspiracy theory”. In South Korea, the elderly leader of a secretive sect at the centre of the country’s early coronavirus outbreak was arrested for allegedly hindering the government’s effort to contain the epidemic. People linked to Lee Man-hee’s Shincheonji Church of Jesus accounted for more than half of the South’s coronavirus cases in February and March, but the country has since appeared to have brought the virus under control. The pandemic has also continued to cause mayhem in the travel and tourism sectors, with more airlines announcing mass job cuts. Latin America’s biggest airline, the Brazilian-Chilean group LATAM, said it would lay off least 2,700 crew, and British Airways pilots overwhelmingly voted to accept a deal cutting wages by 20 percent, with 270 jobs lost......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

ADB approves $5 million grant for COVID food distribution program

The Asian Development Bank will provide a $5-million emergency grant to the Philippines to support the distribution of food items to poor households in Luzon affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, the Department of Finance said over the weekend......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020

DB approves $3 million grant to Philippines to fight virus

The Asian Development Bank has approved a $3 million grant to support the government’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, including the purchase of emergency medical supplies and the delivery of effective health care services......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 15th, 2020

Preps ongoing for COVID vaccine rollout in Cebu

CEBU CITY, Philippines–Preparations are now ongoing for the government’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) inoculation program here. The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7), for their part, want to do a simulation on how the rollout would be conducted. “We are planning to hold a simulation as part of our ongoing preparations for the COVID-19 […] The post Preps ongoing for COVID vaccine rollout in Cebu appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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Cebu City EOC not inclined in adopting yet new IATF reso lowering age limit

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the city’s dedicated anti-coronavirus committee, is not keen on adopting a new resolution that lowered the age limit of people allowed to go outside of their houses. EOC head and Councilor Joel Garganera made this statement on Friday, January 22, or hours after the […] The post Cebu City EOC not inclined in adopting yet new IATF reso lowering age limit appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2021

India’s Bharat firm applies for Philippines EUA

India’s Bharat Biotech has applied for emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine, the Food and Drug Administration reported yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2021

WHO: 85% ng bakuna vs COVID-19 binubuhos sa mayayamang bansa para sa limpak-limpak na kita

Manila, Philippines – Nanggagalaiti ngayon ang World Health Organization sa ginagawa ng mga gumagawa ng bakuna laban sa coronavirus disease o COVID-19 na pagbebenta lamang sa mayayamang bansa upang kumita sila ng limpak-limpak na salapi. Ayon kay WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, higit na pinagkakaabalahan ngayon ng mga vaccine manufacturer ang pagkuha ng pag-apruba ng […] The post WHO: 85% ng bakuna vs COVID-19 binubuhos sa mayayamang bansa para sa limpak-limpak na kita appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJan 20th, 2021

Barangay Isolation Centers being prepared as Cebu City cases rise

  CEBU CITY, Philippines—Three barangay isolation centers (BICs) have been prepared by the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) here as the number of cases of COVID-19  continues to rise.  As of January 18, 2021, the city has 618 active cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from 50 barangays.  This has prompted calls for the preparation […] The post Barangay Isolation Centers being prepared as Cebu City cases rise appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021

Mandaue forms COVID-19 vaccine board

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines – The Mandaue City government has formed a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine board to ensure an orderly and smooth inoculation program once the vaccine arrives. Mayor Jonas Cortes said the committee is tasked to ensure an orderly appropriation of the vaccine to the 27 barangays according to priority sectors. Based on […] The post Mandaue forms COVID-19 vaccine board appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021

Sinovac cleared for COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials in the Philippines

China's Sinovac has secured approval to hold clinical trials in the country for its coronavirus vaccine, local regulators said Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021