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President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte thanked Russia for an offer to provide a COVID-19 vaccine once it became available late Monday evening. Duterte has repeatedly shared that before a vaccine is created, Filipinoswillhave to comply with authorities implementing quarantine protocols and bear the consequences of the pandemic. He also said that he was very pleased that the vaccine was supplied by Russia and they’re not thinking about any payment or tax. The

Rapid Antibody Test

There’s no need to ban the use of rapid antibody testing in the country, the Health Department said but cautioned against using this form of testing to screen people for potential coronavirus infection. Health organizations sounded the alarm about the use of rapid antibody testing, warning that tests could establish a false sense of security that may have led to the spread of the virus. But DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario

Tony Leachon

The modified strengthened community quarantine in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces imposed until August 18 should be extended to a full month in order to flatten the country’s COVID-19 epidemic curve, stated the former Advisor to the Pandemic Task Force. Former National Task Force for COVID-19 Special Adviser Dr. Tony Leachon said that the extension of the quarantine, which started and is necessary to develop the country’s healthcare capacity in

Clinical Trials

Upon receiving the anti-flu drug from Japan, the Health Department said Friday, the country will launch clinical trials for Avigan soon upon. As part of its emergency grant assistance, Manila received Avigan tablets for 100 patients from Tokyo for countries “seriously affected” by coronavirus disease. Avigan — approved for use in Japanese flu outbreaks, and used to treat Ebola — is being studied as a possible cure for coronavirus. Health

Worst Economic Recession Amid COVID19”

The Philippines officially entered the recession in the second quarter, an expected economic collapse caused by a pandemic that went beyond government control, with the country likely to become Southeast Asia’s coronavirus hotspot. Gross domestic product (GDP) plunged 16.5 percent year-on-year from April to June, slipping deeper into recession following a revised 0.7 percent drop in the first quarter, as announced by the Philippine Statistics Authority early Thursday. Deep dive

President Rodrigo Duterte

Amid a request by President Rodrigo Duterte, the House Committee on Justice on Wednesday started debating bills asking for the resumption of the death penalty for certain heinous crimes, as well as the country’s battle against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The House panel started hearings on 12 bills on the extremely divisive legislation less than two weeks after Duterte again requested Congress to reintroduce capital punishment by lethal injection

“DOH Sees Potential to Raise Response to the Increasing cases of COVID-19”

The Department of Health (DOH) acknowledged that although reimposing a two-week lockdown on Metro Manila and four neighboring provinces would not be adequate to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, it would help the government buy time to recalibrate and improve its response to the pandemic. Health Under-Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stressed that Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, and Rizal’s 14-day updated enhanced community quarantine would serve only as

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks to the front liners about their supposed “revolution” originated from a song in the musical “Les Miserables” sung by government critics. Duterte’s, in a taped speech on Sunday, told the front liners not to “demean” the government and threatened to stage a “revolution” against him after they had made public their criticism of the government’s COVID-19 response. Several actors made a version of the “Can You

Philippines over COVID-19

The chief implementer of the national task force COVID-19 Article. Carlito Galvez Jr. admitted on Thursday that prior to the pandemic, the country could not prepare and invest in its health facilities. Galvez added that there are other variables that came into play which is why the situation of the country should not be contrasted with the COVID-19 response of other countries. They see that they were unable, as a

COVID-19 Budget

A host of senators encourage state auditors to conduct a special review of all government spending COVID-19 under the Bayanihan to Recover as One-Act. Senator Risa Hontivers and six other senators gave the call through Senate Resolution No. 479, which urged the Audit Commission (COA) to submit its findings before Congress concluded its deliberations on the proposed national budget for 2021. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, Senate Minority Leader Franklin