Gov’t can borrow $300 M to purchase coronavirus vaccines for distribution to Filipinos — Duterte

The government can borrow $300 million to purchase the coronavirus vaccines for distribution to Filipinos, President Duterte said Tuesday amid the reported breakthrough in vaccine development abroad.  President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ARMAN BAYLON/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO) In baring the government’s vaccine acquisition plans, the President said the new coronavirus disease is no longer scary as some pharmaceutical firms in the United States and China have made progress in developing the life-saving vaccines.  According to Duterte, there is “hope for mankind” as the coronavirus vaccines are within reach. “Nandito na ang bakuna so it is…

US passes nine million coronavirus cases as infections spike

The United States passed nine million reported coronavirus cases on Friday and broke its own record for daily new infections for the second day in a row, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University, as Covid-19 surges days before the country chooses its next president. A nurse enters a tent for coronavirus patients setup at University Medical Center on October 30, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. As coronavirus cases surge in El Paso, overwhelmed hospitals have expanded their capacity to treat patients by erecting temporary tents. (Cengiz Yar/Getty Images/AFP)…

4 more Filipinos abroad catch the Coronavirus

News / National / 4 more Filipinos abroad catch the Coronavirus 4 more Filipinos abroad catch the Coronavirus The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday reported four new confirmed COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos in Asia and the Pacific and Europe. In its latest tally of COVID-19 cases involving Filipino nationals abroad, the DFA also recorded no new fatality and no new recovery among the nationals in the major geographical regions worldwide.  Meanwhile, no new reports were received from countries in the Americas, the Middle East, and Africa. The…

Europe passes 6 million confirmed coronavirus cases

News / World / Europe passes 6 million confirmed coronavirus cases Europe passes 6 million confirmed coronavirus cases Europe has registered more than six million confirmed cases of novel coronavirus since it first appeared in the region in January, an AFP tally just after 1500 GMT Wednesday showed. So far the continent has seen 6,000,940 infections and 237,716 deaths, with the most in Russia (1,248,619 infections and 21,865 deaths), Spain (825,410 infections, 32,486 deaths), France (669,235 infections, 32,365 deaths) and Britain (530,113 infection, 42,445 deaths). The past seven days have…

China US news: Beijing issues final warning to US over coronavirus failure | World | News

Zhang Jun, China’s UN representative, claimed the US had “created enough troubles for the world already” at the New York summit on Thursday. The assembly has seen US President Donald Trump and American ambassadors launch attacks at China for covering up the seriousness of the pandemic earlier this year. It comes after months of deteriorating relations between Washington and Beijing over the pandemic and human rights abuses, along with trade and military disputes. Mr Zhang responded to Kelly Craft, US representative to the UN, who repeated criticism of China and…

MLB: No players test positive for coronavirus in latest results

MLB: No players test positive for coronavirus in latest results General view of the MLB 2020 Opening Week sign painted on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field on July 24, 2020 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Douglas P. DeFelice / Getty Images / AFP) No Major League Baseball players and only one team staff member tested positive among 11,669 coronavirus tests given in the past week, the league and its players union said Friday. The…

ASEAN talks tackle coronavirus pandemic, South China Sea feud amid America-China rivalry

HANOI: Southeast Asia‘s top diplomats are holding their annual talks by video Wednesday to discuss the immense crisis wrought by the coronavirus pandemic and rising tensions in the South China Sea amid the escalating rivalry between Washington and Beijing. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations ministerial meetings have been delayed by a month and were being held online due to continuing health risks posed by COVID-19. The 10-nation bloc’s foreign ministers will meet Asian and Western counterparts, including those from the US and China, for talks later in the week,…

Chinese bus offers new evidence of airborne coronavirus spread, study says, East Asia News & Top Stories

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A person on a poorly ventilated Chinese bus infected nearly two dozen other passengers with coronavirus even though many weren’t sitting close by, according to research published on Tuesday (Sept 1) that offers fresh evidence the disease can spread in the air. Health authorities had initially discounted the possibility that simply breathing could send infectious micro-droplets into the air, but did a U-turn as experts piled on pressure and evidence mounted. The article published on Tuesday in JAMA Internal Medicine probes the threat of airborne infection by…

U.S.-China tensions ‘unhelpful’ for Hong Kong amid coronavirus pandemic

U.S.-China tensions are not good for Hong Kong, said the city’s secretary for commerce and economic development, as he urged everyone to recognize that the “common enemy” of the world is the coronavirus pandemic. “We are … seeing U.S.-China tensions mounting, which is unhelpful to Hong Kong, and also to the trade between U.S. and China. But as we are fighting the pandemic, I think the last thing one would want is a further distraction that would disturb or disrupt the trade,” Edward Yau told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on…

Trump says coronavirus changed ‘great’ relationship with China | Coronavirus pandemic News

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said his relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping has frayed in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic and that he has not spoken to his Chinese counterpart for a long time. “I used to have a very good relationship with him,” Trump told Fox Sports Radio in an interview, citing their phase one trade deal hammered out last year and signed in early 2020. “I had a great relationship with President Xi. I like him, but I don’t feel the same way now.”…