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Philippines sets price range for COVID-19 RT-PCR testing

Sec. Francisco Duque III said the joint administrative order was signed Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarNov 25th, 2020

Philippines sets price range for COVID-19 PCR testing

Sec. Francisco Duque III said the joint administrative order was signed Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 25th, 2020

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

Government sets price cap on COVID-19 swab tests

Government sets price cap on COVID-19 swab tests Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) – November 26, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The government has imposed a price cap for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction or RT-PCR swab test for COVID-19. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that he and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez signed on […].....»»

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Gov’t sets price range on testing

The reason why we have this JAO is so that we can avoid any exploitation of laboratories whose sole purpose is to gain profit from the public. The post Gov’t sets price range on testing appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 25th, 2020

Gov t sets price range for COVID-19 tests

Gov t sets price range for COVID-19 tests.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsNov 25th, 2020

DOT chief umapela para sa COVID-19 test price cap

Manila, Philippines – Umapela ang Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat sa price cap sa real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) at antigen tests ng COVID-19 to para sa tourism revival. “The DOT supports the call to impose a price cap on RT-PCR and antigen testing to make traveling an affordable option for all. […] The post DOT chief umapela para sa COVID-19 test price cap appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 27th, 2020

Drive-thru, walk-in serology test hinto na, libreng swab test sa Maynila, ikinasa

MANILA, Philippines – Muling pinaalalahanan ng lokal na pamahalaang lungsod ng Maynila ang publiko partikular na ang mga Manilenyo na itinigil na nila ang pagsasagawa ng libreng “drive-thru” at “walk-in” COVID-19 serology testing sa lungsod. Batay sa abiso ng Manila Public Information Office (MPIO), simula kahapon (Enero 18) ay itinigil na ang nasabing serology test […] The post Drive-thru, walk-in serology test hinto na, libreng swab test sa Maynila, ikinasa appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021

Mandaue City sets aside P200M for COVID-19 vaccine

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines – The Mandaue City government is setting aside P200 million intended for the procurement of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine to complement what the national government will provide the city. Lawyer John Eddu Ibañez, executive secretary of Mayor Jonas Cortes, said the P200 million will be used to purchase the COVID-19 vaccine […] The post Mandaue City sets aside P200M for COVID-19 vaccine appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2021

Testing tribulations and Pag-asa’s legacy

Our youngest daughter, Ina, left for Spain some days ago, but not without more than the normal dose of apprehension – not because of the rising numbers of COVID-19 infections in Europe or the emergence of a new and more transmittable variant, but because of the suspension of a laboratory’s license here in the Philippines......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2021

Results on testing for new COVID variant to be out Wednesday or Thursday — DOH

MANILA, Philippines — Results of the testing on whether or not the new and more infectious COVID-19 virus variant has entered the country may be released this week, the Department of Health said Monday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) has already received samples from passengers who arrived in the […] The post Results on testing for new COVID variant to be out Wednesday or Thursday — DOH appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2021

Virus cases hit 3-week high

The Philippines logged 2,122 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the total to 456,562 cases, even as four laboratories failed to submit their testing data on time, the Department of Health (DOH) said......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 18th, 2020

DOH probes health facility for pricey swabs

The Department of Health is investigating a health facility for violating the price range set for COVID-19 swab tests, an official said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 14th, 2020

Government sets price cap on COVID-19 swab tests

The government has imposed a price cap for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction or RT-PCR swab test for COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 25th, 2020

Marikina COVID-19 cases sa evacuation 3 pa rin; closed contacts negatibo   

Manila, Philippines – Sinabi ni Marikina Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro na nananatili sa tatlo ang COVID-19 cases sa evacuation centers makaraang magnegatibo ang closed contacts nito. “Nakapag-surveillance testing na sa evacuation centers. Tatlo ang nag-positive. ‘Yung mga contact nila ay negative,” lahad ni Teodoro sa panayam sa Dobol B sa News TV. “PCR test ang […] The post Marikina COVID-19 cases sa evacuation 3 pa rin; closed contacts negatibo    appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020

Cebu City plans to intensify testing following COVID-19 spike

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City is planning to intensify contact tracing and testing following the rise of new Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the past weeks. The Emergency Operations Center said that it is only through aggressive testing can the transmission of the COVID-19 be detected and prevented. The EOC eyes the implementation […] The post Cebu City plans to intensify testing following COVID-19 spike appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020

Lapu logs 33 positives from barangay swab testing

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines– The Lapu-Lapu City Health Department has recorded 33 individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in the mass swab testing that they conducted on the 11 barangays with the most number of infections. According to Grace Carungay, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, that of these number, 15 were from Barangay […] The post Lapu logs 33 positives from barangay swab testing appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

Lapu logs 2 new COVID-19 cases from barangay swab testing, 7 overall

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines- The Lapu-Lapu City Health Department has recorded two new positive cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from the series of mass swab testing conducted in the city’s 11 barangays with the most number of COVID-19 infections. However, aside from the two, there are also five new cases in the city bringing […] The post Lapu logs 2 new COVID-19 cases from barangay swab testing, 7 overall appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

Mass testing of 12 Lapu-Lapu brgys starts

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — The Lapu-Lapu City Health Department has started conducting mass testing to the top 12 barangays in the city with the most number of cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Grace Carungay, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, said that the barangays with the most number of cases of […] The post Mass testing of 12 Lapu-Lapu brgys starts appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

Prices, policy for virus tests set next week

The price range and policy to ensure the COVID-19 tests and test kits are affordable and accessible will be out by next week, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 7th, 2020

Velasco wants COVID-19 swab test price cap cheaper than Phl Red Cross’

House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Saturday said the mandated price cap for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) swab testing should be cheaper than what the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) offers. The Marinduque lawmaker explained that if the cost of the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test would be affordable, more people will be encouraged to get […] The post Velasco wants COVID-19 swab test price cap cheaper than Phl Red Cross’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 7th, 2020