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Vaccine patents protection should be waived

Since last October, about 100 developing countries led by India and South Africa have been pressing the World Trade Organization to waive the protection on the patents and trade secrets of COVID-19 vaccines......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMay 7th, 2021

They claim that the Novavax vaccine shows an overall efficacy of 90.4%

The Novavax vaccine achieved an overall efficacy of 90.4% and provides 100% protection against moderate to severe disease in phase III clinical trials conducted in.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2021

DepEd TV broadcasters get COVID-19 vaccine under A4 list

"I encourage our teachers and personnel to follow suit for the protection of their children, families and community," said DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 13th, 2021

EU invites concrete US plan on lifting vaccine patents

Europe on Saturday passed the ball back to Washington in a debate over COVID vaccine patents, pushing the US for a concrete proposal and a commitment to export much-needed jabs......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2021

EU sceptical of US push to lift Covid vaccine patents

EU sceptical of US push to lift Covid vaccine patents.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2021

U.S. backs global waiver on vaccine patents

This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures. The post U.S. backs global waiver on vaccine patents appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 6th, 2021

US backs plan to waive Covid-19 vaccine patents

US backs plan to waive Covid-19 vaccine patents.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 6th, 2021

AstraZeneca defends vaccine

Citing reviews from the United Kingdom Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and European Medicines Agency, AstraZeneca said yesterday that its COVID-19 vaccines offer “high level of protection” against the virus......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 9th, 2021

When patience is a virtue

The World Health Organization and other prominent health agencies and health institutions around the world, including our own Department of Health, even prior to the global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, have been stressing the utmost need to give protection to our health care workers who have been manning the frontlines and taking care of COVID-19 patients since the pandemic began. With this, health care workers have been at the top of the list worldwide among those prioritized to receive the vaccine......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 11th, 2021

Health chief appeals to more healthcare workers to avail of vaccine

CALOOCAN CITY, March 2 (PIA) -- Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III today reiterated his appeal to more healthcare workers to avail of the COVID-19 vaccines to get protection......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2021

DOT chief hopes tourism workers in reopened spots will also be on vaccine priority list

“Protection through the vaccine and health care support systems will primarily boost their immune system and more importantly, fortify their mental and emotional core to continue working under stressful COVID conditions,” the tourism chief said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2021

AstraZeneca says vaccine needs ‘additional study’

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — The head of British drug manufacturer AstraZeneca said on Thursday further research was needed on its Covid-19 vaccine after questions emerged over the protection it offers, but the additional testing is unlikely to affect regulatory approval in Europe. AstraZeneca and its partner, the University of Oxford, announced on Monday that […] The post AstraZeneca says vaccine needs ‘additional study’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 27th, 2020

Go urges BFP to push modernization efforts

Senator Christopher ‘’Bong’’ Go on Friday urged the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to continue its efforts to modernize and enhance its ranks by acquiring more fire trucks and equipment especially for the  remote areas in the country. Sen. Bong Go (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Go issued the statement after attending yesterday the ceremonial turnover at the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City of the recently procured equipment of the BFP, including 84 units of 1,000 gallons capacity fire trucks, five units of aerial ladder, and three units of rescue trucks to be distributed by BFP to various local government units around the country.  “All over the country po ito ipapamahagi. Natutuwa po ako dahil ang gusto naman po natin ay mabigyan ng sapat na kagamitan laban sa sunog ang mga iba’t ibang lugar — hopefully sa lahat ng sulok po ng bansa ay handa po tayo,” Go said. (These will be distributed all over the country. I am happy because we want to give the appropriate fire-fighting equipment to different parts of the country.)    Go said there are many municipalities that have no financial capabilities to buy such an equipment. “Hopefully, patuloy pa ang pag-acquire nila ng mga panibagong equipment. Kinausap ko rin po si Dir. Embang na ikonsidera rin nila ‘yung mga maliliit na fire trucks na puwedeng pumasok sa mga liblib o masisikip na lugar kasi doon po madalas nagkakasunog,” Go said, referring to BFP Chief Jose Embang, Jr. (Hopefully, their acquisition of fire-fighting equipment will continue. I told Director Embang that BFP should consider buying small fire trucks that can enter narrow roads and congested areas where fires usually originate from.) Last February 11, 2020, Go joined President Duterte in witnessing the turnover of 74 fire trucks. The Senator also continues to provide aid to fire victims in different parts of the country.  “Mahirap po mawalan ng bahay at kagamitan dahil sa sunog at iba pang sakuna. Kaya po patuloy akong nagbibigay ng tulong sa mga biktima at nag-iiwan ng ngiti sa oras ng kanilang pagdadalamhati,” Go said. (It is hard to lose a house and personal belongings due to fires. That is why I continue to extend help to fire victims and give them a reason to smile during a time of grief.) “Bilang isang Senador at public servant, patuloy po akong magseserbisyo, lalo na sa mga mahihirap at nangangailangan na apektado ng krisis tulad ng sunog. Kasabay nito ay pagsisikapan ko bilang mambabatas na mas palakasin pa ang ating fire prevention and protection measures,” he added. (As a senator and a public servant, I continue to be of service, particularly to victims of crises like fires. As a lawmaker, I continue to help to strengthen our fire prevention and protection measures.)     As vice-chairman of the Senate Committee on Peace and Order and as a main advocate of fire protection modernization initiatives, one of Go’s priority bills is Senate Bill 204 which is now consolidated under Committee Report No. 111, otherwise known as BFP Modernization Act of 2020.  The measure is currently undergoing the period of interpellation in the Senate. The bill aims to ensure the hiring of more personnel, acquisition of modern fire equipment, and the conduct of training for firefighters of the BFP.  The bill will also empower local communities in preventing fire incidents by mandating the BFP to conduct monthly fire prevention campaigns and information drives in all local government units (LGUs), especially in vulnerable areas.  Go said President Duterte fully supports the modernization efforts of the BFP. “Ang sabi ng Pangulo, sabihin mo sa kanila huwag na nila ako unahin, ‘yung kagamitan ng mga sundalo at kapulisan at bumbero ang unahin natin,” he said. (The President said the equipment of soldiers, policemen, and firemen should come first.) During the event, Go expressed his and Duterte’s full support for the country’s fire personnel, citing the government’s recent effort to increase the salaries and promote the welfare of the military and uniformed personnel.  “Full support po kami sa inyo. Unang-una po, ‘yung pangako niya pagkaupo pa lang niya bilang Pangulo, tinupad niya agad ang pangako niya,” Go said, referring to the increase in salaries provided to uniformed personnel, including firefighters. (We give our full support to you. The President fulfills his promises when he took over the presidency in 2016.) Go also said that he supports the President’s position of arming BFP personnel so they can help in the fight against criminality.  “We are currently studying this added measure of arming firefighters. Nabanggit na rin ito ng Pangulo. Makakatulong din sila sa paglaban ng kriminalidad at para rin maproteksyunan ang kanilang mga sarili. Pati sa kampanya laban sa droga, makakatulong din sila,” Go said. (This was mentioned by the President. They can help fight criminality and also protect themselves. They can also help in containing the spread of dangerous drugs.)    In addition to fire trucks and other modern equipment, Go also said that he is coordinating with BFP officials, government finance managers, and concerned agencies on how to also provide additional ambulance units to the BFP.  He said that providing ambulances will make the BFP more responsive in fulfilling its mandate and will be useful, especially in times of national emergencies given that their personnel are well-trained frontliners.  “Kapag mayroon nang vaccine kontra COVID-19, pwede pong tumulong ang BFP para mabakunahan ang mga tao. Nagtutulungan po lahat ng ating uniformed personnel, mula military, pulis, bumbero, at iba pa para maprotektahan ang kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan,” Go explained. (Our firemen can also help in the vaccination of our countrymen to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Our uniformed personnel, from the military, policemen, firemen and others can help in protecting the interests of Filipinos.)  Go thanked officials for their efforts to modernize the BFP and for their continuing service, especially during the pandemic, specifically Department of the Interior and Local Government officials led by Secretary Eduardo Año and BFP officials led by Embang, Jr.  Go also acknowledged local officials and district representatives who were present, including Congressman Onyx Crisologo of the 1st District of Quezon City, Congresswoman Angel Amante-Matba of the 2nd District of Agusan del Norte, Mayor Marcy Teodoro of Marikina City, and Mayor Judy Amante of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte and thanked them for their support to the national government in the bayanihan efforts to overcome the pandemic.  “Dahil mahirap ang panahon ngayon, we have to adjust to the new normal pero konting tiis lang po. Alam kong hirap po kayo. Kami ni Pangulong Duterte, hindi kami nawawalan ng pag-asa, magtulungan lang po tayo. Sino pa ba ang magtutulungan kundi tayong kapwa Pilipino,” he said, (Because times are hard, we have to adjust to the new normal. Please bear with us. I know you are suffering. I and President Go have not lost hope. We should help one another.).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

Covid-19 reinfection casts doubt on virus immunity: study

Covid-19 patients may experience more severe symptoms the second time they are infected, according to research released Tuesday confirming it is possible to catch the potentially deadly disease more than once. A study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal charts the first confirmed case of Covid-19 reinfection in the United States — the country worst hit by the pandemic — and indicates that exposure to the virus may not guarantee future immunity. The patient, a 25-year-old Nevada man, was infected with two distinct variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, within a 48-day time frame. The second infection was more severe than the first, resulting in the patient being hospitalised with oxygen support. The paper noted four other cases of reinfection confirmed globally, with one patient each in Belgium, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Ecuador. Experts said the prospect of reinfection could have a profound impact on how the world battles through the pandemic. In particular, it could influence the hunt for a vaccine — the currently Holy Grail of pharmaceutical research. “The possibility of reinfections could have significant implications for our understanding of Covid-19 immunity, especially in the absence of an effective vaccine,” said Mark Pandori, for the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory and lead study author. “We need more research to understand how long immunity may last for people exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and why some of these second infections, while rare, are presenting as more severe.” Waning immunity?Vaccines work by triggering the body’s natural immune response to a certain pathogen, arming it with antibodies it to fight off future waves of infection. But it is not at all clear how long Covid-19 antibodies last. For some diseases, such as measles, infection confers lifelong immunity. For other pathogens, immunity may be fleeting at best. The authors said the US patient could have been exposed to a very high dose of the virus the second time around, triggering a more acute reaction. Alternatively, it may have been a more virulent strain of the virus. Another hypothesis is a mechanism known as antibody dependent enhancement — that is, when antibodies actually make subsequent infections worse, such as with dengue fever. The researchers pointed out that reinfection of any kind remains rare, with only a handful of confirmed cases out of tens of millions of Covid-19 infections globally. However, since many cases are asymptomatic and therefore unlikely to have tested positive initially, it may be impossible to know if a given Covid-19 case is the first or second infection. In a linked comment to The Lancet paper, Akiko Iwasaka, a professor of Immunobiology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University, said the findings could impact public health measures. “As more cases of reinfection surface, the scientific community will have the opportunity to understand better the correlates of protection and how frequently natural infections with SARS-CoV-2 induce that level of immunity,” she said. “This information is key to understanding which vaccines are capable of crossing that threshold to confer individual and herd immunity,” added Iwasaka, who was not involved in the study......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

Our best defense until a vaccine is found

  The face mask has become the universal symbol of the fight against the coronavirus COVID-19 by people and governments around the world. The face mask, along with social distancing and constant washing of hands, is now known to be one’s best protection against the virus, which is known to travel in the air from […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 14th, 2020

Bank lending growth hinges on recovery, vaccine rollout

The reversal of the continued drop in loan disbursements by big banks hinges on faster recovery from the pandemic-induced recession and the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, according to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated News2 hr. 30 min. ago

‘Bakuna’ photo ni Maine pinusuan ng netizens: Do your part and get vaccinated, friends!

PINUSUAN at ni-like ng libu-libong netizens ang “bakuna” photo ng Phenomenal Star at Dubsmash Queen na si Maine Mendoza. Ipinost ng “Eat Bulaga” Dabarkads sa kanyang Instagram account ang tatlong litrato na kuha sa isang vaccination site sa Mandaluyong. First dose ng COVID-19 vaccine ang tinanggap ng Kapuso actress-TV host kay sa isang photo na […] The post ‘Bakuna’ photo ni Maine pinusuan ng netizens: Do your part and get vaccinated, friends! appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News6 hr. 0 min. ago

PH inks biggest vaccine deal yet with Pfizer

PH inks biggest vaccine deal yet with Pfizer.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated News15 hr. 40 min. ago

Robredo urges more testing, vaccines outside NCR

Vice President Leni Robredo yesterday urged the national government to increase its COVID-19 testing and deliver more vaccine supplies in areas outside the National Capital Region that experience a spike in cases......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News19 hr. 40 min. ago

WHO to cover 3 vaccines in Philippines trials

The World Health Organization Solidarity Vaccine Trials for candidate COVID-19 vaccines are set to start, with the final SVT protocols and vaccines as well as WHO counterpart funding available this week, Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News19 hr. 40 min. ago

Villar wants 5 more included in protected areas

Sen. Cynthia Villar has sought the inclusion of five biodiverse but threatened areas to be placed under protection of the National Integrated Protected Areas System or NIPAS law......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News19 hr. 40 min. ago