WHO chief hails Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine news as ‘encouraging’

News / World / WHO chief hails Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine news as ‘encouraging’ WHO chief hails Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine news as ‘encouraging’ The World Health Organization chief hailed as “encouraging” Pfizer and BioNTech’s announcement Monday that their vaccine has in trials proved 90-percent effective in preventing Covid-19 infections. The two pharmaceutical companies said the vaccine they have jointly developed had during Phase 3 trials provided protection to nearly all patients seven days after the second of two vaccine doses. “We welcome the encouraging vaccine news from @pfizer & @BioNTech_Group &…

Japan’s Suga And Vietnam’s Phuc Agree On Strengthening Security And Economic Ties – The Organization for World Peace

Japan’s Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, visited Vietnam on October 19 and made an agreement with Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, to bolster security and economic ties in order to balance China’s power in the resource-rich South China Sea. Suga recently took office in September after Shinzo Abe stepped down due to health concerns. Vietnam is the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), whose members are afraid of losing their economic relations with China and getting in between disputes between Washington and Beijing, but also wary of…

Signal No. 1 raised over portions of Bicol, E. Visayas due to ‘Ulysses’

Tropical cyclone wind signal number 1 has been raised over some portions of Bicol region and Eastern Visayas on Monday evening as tropical storm “Ulysses” (international name “Vamco”) poses a serious threat to the country. In its 11 p.m. severe weather bulletin issued on Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) hoisted signal number 1 over the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Siruma, Tinambac, Goa, Tigaon, Sagnay, San Jose, Lagonoy, Garchitorena, Presentacion, Caramoan),  eastern portion of Albay (Tiwi, Malinao, Tabaco City, Malilipot, Santo Domingo, Bacacay, Rapu-Rapu, Manito), Catanduanes,…

PH air presence up in disputed sea – The Manila Times

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday said Philippine air surveillance in the West Philippine (South China) Sea had a 30-percent increase in 2019. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana In his speech during the virtual celebration of the Defense department’s 81st anniversary, Lorenzana attributed the increase to the military’s acquisition of new equipment. Without going into details, he said the military’s air domain coverage increased from 27 percent to 57 percent. “This was due to our air defense surveillance radars, surveillance aircraft and long endurance unmanned aerial vehicles,” Lorenzana said. The surveillance…

Clenched fists when Biden meets Duterte

MANILA – With Covid-19 cases hitting new highs, economic recovery fragile and post-election mayhem and toxic partisanship expected to continue for the foreseeable future, Joe Biden is expected to inherit a diminished presidency and weakened United States. That is already raising questions about whether the incoming Democratic president will be in a strong enough position to promote democracy and rights in his foreign policy in the same manner he suggested on the hustings.   Indeed, expectations are already rising that Biden will sue for a more cautious and pragmatic approach…

Rain or Shine goes for QF push vs TNT

Rain or Shine goes for QF push vs TNT Beau Belga of Rain or Shine will be tested against the bigs of TNT. (PBA Images) Rain or Shine can complete the quarterfinal cast Tuesday with a win over TNT in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center. The Elasto Painters seek to put the quarterfinal race in bed at 4 p.m. against a Tropang Giga squad that is aiming for a twice-to-beat advantage. Defending champion San Miguel Beer hopes to end the elims on…

Russia, China, Brazil among nations staying silent as world congratulates Biden

NOTABLE HOLDOUTS HAVE emerged as world leaders congratulate Joe Biden on his US election victory, with Mexico, Brazil, Russia, and China so far remaining silent. While incumbent Donald Trump has yet to concede and has launched several legal challenges, many world leaders congratulated Biden and running mate Kamala Harris after the Democrats were declared winners at the weekend and spontaneous celebrations erupted across American cities. Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, dubbed “the Trump of the Tropics” for his populist, off-the-cuff style, has not made any public comment on Trump’s loss. And Mexican…

Ginebra eases past Terrafirma to earn QF bonus

News / Ginebra eases past Terrafirma to earn QF bonus Ginebra eases past Terrafirma to earn QF bonus PBA Images Barangay Ginebra San Miguel bounced back from a lousy showing the other night with a 102-80 win over Terrafirma Monday to secure the top seed and a twice-to-beat advantage in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center. Under fire for being handed a 15-point drubbing by the San Miguel Beermen, the Kings responded in a big way behind Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson, Aljon Mariano…

Analysts say no change expected in US policy on South China Sea

The Hughes Reef in the South China Sea, as developed by China. Construction on Hughes Reef began in summer 2014. What was once a 380-square-meter concrete platform on stilts has been expanded to a 75,000-square-meter island through dredging and reclamation activity. Photo Credit: CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative / DigitalGlobe (File) MANILA – Analysts do not expect a change in US policy on the South China Sea even as the world’s superpower has elected a new leader in Democrat Joe Biden for the next four years. Freedom of navigation operations…