Makati City ramps up COVID-19 vaccination drive – Manila Bulletin

News / Metro / Pabakuna. Pa-back to normal: Makati City ramps up COVID-19 vaccination drive Pabakuna. Pa-back to normal: Makati City ramps up COVID-19 vaccination drive As the country continues to grapple with COVID-19 and its more contagious Delta variant, the Makati City local government continues to ramp up its efforts in protecting the residents against the dreaded virus. (Photo from Makati PIO) According to the local government unit (LGU), the city has already deployed 587,532 vaccines as of Sept. 16. A total of 331,650 residents received their first dose…

Follow COVID-19 protocols to avoid India-like scenario, Palace tells public – Manila Bulletin

Malacañang reminded the public to always follow coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols, especially on mass gatherings, if they do not want to see the Philippines suffering the same fate as India. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque (OPS / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after Caloocan Mayor Oscal Malapitan ordered the closure of a resort after its continued operations were discovered despite the city being under the modified enhanced community quarantine. In his press briefing on Monday, Roque said the Palace understood that people probably wanted to…

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…