China donated COVID-19 vaccines with no strings attached

China’s donation of 600,000 doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines did not come with strings attached, said President Rodrigo Duterte. The President made the assurance after the arrival ceremony of the 600,000 doses at the Villamor Air Base on Sunday afternoon. “China never asked for anything. China has been giving us everything and never asked anything from us,” Duterte said in a press conference. President Duterte, however, said that he assured China that he will not allow the US to store its nuclear armaments in the Philippines.…

No compromises on PH’s South China Sea claim despite COVID-19 vaccines from China

MANILA – Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., National Task Force Against Covid-19 Chief Implementer and vaccine czar, on Friday assured the country will not compromise its claim to the West Philippine Sea (WPS), while it exerts all efforts for the acquisition of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines with other countries, including China. “In this pandemic, the global interest of the global commons is really to save humanity so all countries rallied to support each other. That’s the context we are looking at [your honors], that every country wanted to halt our…

CCP to launch e-book for kids about COVID-19 pandemic

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is set to launch an e-book (electronic book) that contains a collection of artworks including comics and literary works for children about COVID-19 pandemic. (CCP FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) As part of the celebration of the CCP Children’s Biennale, it will launch “Sa Pagbabasa, Hindi Ka Nag-iisa” e-book online on Nov. 27 at 4pm, on CCP and CCP Intertextual Division’s Facebook pages. “The launch does not only highlight the role books should play in our lives, but it champions the importance of nurturing…

Mayor Vico urges evacuees to avail of free COVID-19 tests

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto urged residents who have evacuated during the onslaught of typhoon “Ulysses” to voluntarily take the free coronavirus antibody testing of the local government. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto (KEVIN TRISTAN ESPIRITU/MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) With the ongoing threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Sotto underscored the importance of undertaking such test, saying that by doing so is to avoid the possible transmission of the disease in the community. “Sa mga nag-evacuation center, kusa na po tayong magpa-test. Malaking tulong po ito sa laban natin…

Galvez seeks GCQ status for Davao City despite surge in COVID-19 cases

DAVAO CITY—National Task Force (NTF) Covid-19 chief implementer Sec. Carlito Galvez recommended on Wednesday the reversion of Davao City to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), amid the “very alarming situation” brought about by the surging coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. PHOTO VIA ARMANDO FENEQUITO JR./ MANILA BULLETIN During an Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) meeting at Camp Quintin Merecido of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 on Wednesday, Galvez said the outbreak situation here required a stricter quarantine classification to stem the spread…

House suspends ‘No COVID-19 test’ rule

The House leadership has deferred the implementation of its “No COVID Test, No Entry Policy” as a result of the logistical difficulties caused by typhoon “Ulysses.” (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) The Manila Bulletin acquired a digital copy of a memorandum titled “Suspension of COVID-19 testing requirement for entry into the buildings of the House of Representatives” signed by Secretary-General Jocelia Bighani Sipin dated Nov. 12, 2020. “In view of the unforeseen events brought about by the onslaught of typhoon Ulysses, the requirement to have the appropriate COVID-19 test as prerequisite…

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 &…

Kris Aquino shares another COVID-19 scare

Queen of all Media Kris Aquino has shared another COVID-19 scare which involves her driver. Aquino’s full post on Instagram Nov. 7: “November 3 we all had PCR testing because i was supposed to do a TVC shoot Nov 5… Testing was done in the morning. “8 PM when my sons, my whole team, and i (we’re quarantining together until the 12th when this batch of commitments will finish) got an urgent message: 1 of our drivers tested positive for Covid-19. “He doesn’t stay where we are all living now and…

Low cases of COVID-19 noted at NAIA

Low cases of COVID-19 noted at NAIA The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has announced lower cases of COVID-19 infections among airport personnel due to massive information drive and disinfection within the NAIA complex. MIAA Public Affairs head Consuelo Bungag said of the 151 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since last March, a total of 146 individuals have recovered.  There are four remaining patients with the dreaded pulmonary disease, and one case of death. The MIAA management has ordered the continued disinfection in the terminals, along with other health safety protocols,…

Congresswoman, 77, tests positive for COVID-19

A 77-year-old congresswoman has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently under home isolation in Quezon City, the House of Representatives reported Wednesday. The lady solon’s identity was withheld.  She became the 90th among House officials and employees infected by the dreaded coronavirus disease. She is also the 10th House member to be infected. Also on Wednesday, the House Medical-Dental Service disclosed that two employees received test confirmation that they are positive for COVID-19. MDS Director Dick Dizon revealed that a female employee from the office of Camiguin Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo…