Health

Inbound travelers positive for COVID-19 to undergo genome sequencing, DOH says

Robie de Guzman   •   January 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – All travelers who test positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) upon arrival in the Philippines will be subjected to genome sequencing to check for the presence of...

Philippines approves emergency use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine

Marje Pelayo   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday (January 14) granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine developed by US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer...

QC gov’t bans public gatherings during fiestas, other community events

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Public gatherings and other community celebrations will be prohibited in Quezon City, the local government announced. In a memorandum dated Jan. 12, Mayor Joy Belmonte said the...

PRC to conduct COVID-19 saliva test on 1,000 health workers

Robie de Guzman   •   January 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Tuesday said it will conduct its pilot COVID-19 tests using saliva to more than 1,000 healthcare workers in compliance with the...

PH readies P82.5-B for procurement of 148-M doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Marje Pelayo   •   January 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The national government is negotiating with seven pharmaceutical companies to supply the vaccines for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across the country. During the Senate hearing on Monday (January...

Russian firm Gamaleya withdraws Phase 3 clinical trial application

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute has withdrawn its COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, application for the Phase 3 clinical trial in the Philippines. Department of Science and Technology (DOST)...

Filipino experts begin research on new COVID-19 variants

Marje Pelayo   •   January 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Experts from the Department of Health (DOH) have started the research on the new coronavirus variants reportedly originated in South Africa and Malaysia. A new variant can...

Physicians ditch use of ‘copper’ mask, mask with valve against COVID-19

Marje Pelayo   •   January 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Since the beginning of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, various designs of face masks have emerged in local markets promising protection against the deadly virus. Most are...

1,047 new infections push Philippines’ Covid-19 caseload to 480,737

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday recorded 1,047 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the country’s total tally to 480,737. Of the total cases 22,690 are active...

PH gov’t forms panel to monitor, identify occurrence of new COVID-19 variants

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The government’s task force against COVID-19 has created a panel of experts tasked to monitor and identify the occurrence of new coronavirus variants in the country, Malacañang...

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