PH vaccine experts mull mixing COVID-19 vaccine brands

Robie de Guzman   •   April 13, 2021   •   627

 

MANILA, Philippines – A panel of vaccine experts in the Philippines are studying the possibility of mixing various brands of COVID-19 vaccines amid issues in global vaccine supply, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said Tuesday.

Dr. Nina Gloriani, head of the DOST Vaccine Experts Panel (VEP), said they are considering the matter of mixing vaccine brands due to the current scarcity of vaccine supply in the Philippines.

“That is a very practical or realistic scenario that we may be looking at with these so many vaccines that we have now,” she said during a Department of Health (DOH) press briefing.

“Di ba kulang ang ating mga COVID-19 supplies? Sometimes we have to be realistic, ano yung next na pwedeng ibigay? Hindi puwedeng i-delay too long yung second dose,” she added.

Gloriani said these COVID-19 vaccines are not comparable since they are made using different technologies but she noted that some vaccines make use of the same platforms.

“There are some of them na medyo pareho ang platform like Pfizer is messenger RNA, Moderna is messenger RNA,” she said.

“For the adeno(virusDNA approach), iyong mga vector-based vaccines so iyon ang medyo marami, sila Astrazeneca… Dadating na rin ang Gamaleya (Institute) Sputnik V,” she added, referring to the vaccine developed by a Russian company.

Gloriani said a recommendation on the matter will be released soon but she stressed that guidelines for such move should be in place.

The DOH earlier said that there is still no sufficient evidence supporting the benefits of mixing COVID-19 vaccine brands.

The agency also said that it will maintain its position that whatever brand used in the first dose should also be the same brand for the second dose.

Limitasyon sa galaw ng ‘di bakunado vs COVID-19, isinusulong ipatupad sa buong bansa

Robie de Guzman   •   January 5, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Inirerekomenda ni testing czar at presidential adviser for COVID-19 response Vince Dizon na ipatupad sa buong bansa ang pagbabawal sa mga hindi pa bakunado laban sa COVID-19 na pumunta sa mga pampublikong lugar.

Sa gitna ito ng bumibilis na namang pagtaas ng kaso sa bansa at local transmission ng Omicron variant.

“Mr. President, nag-usap na po kami ni Secretary Año, ni Secretary Duque, Secretary Galvez, Secretary Lorenzana na we are recommending that this policy in NCR also be adopted by the entire country even in areas po na hindi pa nagsu-surge dahil alam naman po natin it is really just a matter of time na itong Omicron ay kumalat na sa buong bansa,” ang wika ni Dizon sa pagpupulong ng mga opisyal ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte noong Martes.

Ang rekomedasyon ay batay aniya sa mga ginagawang paghihigpit sa mga bansang nakararanas na ng case surge ng Omicron variant.

“Kung titingnan po natin ang ibang bansa, countries all over the world are restricting the exposure of the unvaccinated. Sa France po, they are cracking down on unvaccinated; Germany, they are locking down unvaccinated people; and even in South Korea po they are now imposing new vaccine passes  para po ano  i-restrict ‘yung movement ng mga unvaccinated,” paliwanag ni Dizon.

Nakatakdang pag-usapan ng IATF ang panukalang ito sa kanilang pagpupulong sa Huwebes.

Ang paglilimita sa galaw ng mga hindi pa bakunado kontra COVID-19 ay una nang iminungkahi ng Metro Manila Council sa pamamagitan ng isang resolusyon.

Ang naturang resolusyon ay in-adopt na rin ng Regional Task Force against COVID-19 ng CALABARZON na naghihikayat sa lahat ng local task forces sa rehiyon na magpatupad na rin ng limitasyon sa paggalaw ng mga di pa bakunado sa nasasakupang probinsya.

Sa kasalukuyan, 65.63 percent na ng target population ang fully vaccinated at 79.42 percent ang nakatanggap ng at least isang dose ng bakuna. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

 

Mga batang edad 5-11, inirerekomendang bakunahan vs COVID-19 simula Enero 2022 – VEP

Robie de Guzman   •   December 30, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – Inirerekomenda na ng Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Vaccine Expert Panel (VEP) na bakunahan na kontra COVID-19 ang lahat ng batang may edad 5 hanggang 11 sa pagpasok ng taong 2022.

Ayon sa VEP, kailangan na ring mabakunahan ang mas nakababatang populasyon dahil sa banta ng Omicron COVID-19 variant na mabilis ngayong kumakalat sa ibang bansa.

Ngunit bilang konsiderasyon sa logistics at supply ng paparating na bakuna para sa mga batang 5-11 taong gulang, sinabi ni VEP member at Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Rontgene Solante na posibleng unahin sa pagbabakuna ang mga may co-morbidity gaya ng ginawa sa mga batang may edad 12 hanggang 17 taong gulang.

Batay sa datos ng Department of Health, nasa 13.5 milyon ang populasyon ng mga batang nasa 5-11 age group.

Ayon naman kay National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 Adviser Dr. Ted Herbosa, nakabili na ang pamahalaan ng mga bakuna at nakatakda itong dumating sa bansa sa enero ng susunod na taon.

“We procured 15 million doses of Pfizer for children which will arrive in January and February… So hopefully, we will be able to start vaccinating the 5 to 11 years old,” ani Herbosa.

Sa ngayon, ang Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines ang may emergency use authorization para magamit sa naturang age group.

Panawagan ng mga health expert sa mga magulang kapag naging available ang pambatang formulation ng COVID-19 vaccines, pabakunahan na ang kanilang mga anak lalo at may Omicron cases na sa Pilipinas.

Kalakip pa rin ng pagpapabakuna kontra COVID-19 ay ang pagsunod sa safety at health protocols.

Higit sa lahat, hinihikayat ng mga eksperto ang mga hindi pa bakunado na magpabakuna na upang makaiwas sa malalang epekto na dulot ng iba’t ibang COVID-19 variant gaya ng Delta at Omicron. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

Moderna booster shot, more effective vs COVID-19 Omicron-variant

Maris Federez   •   December 21, 2021

Biotechnology company Moderna has announced that based on its preliminary data, a half-dose booster shot of its COVID-19 vaccine increases antibody levels against the Omicron variant compared to a fully vaccinated person who has not received a booster shot.

A larger dose of Moderna booster, the company said, provides a higher level of antibody.

At present, a 50-microgram dose of Moderna vaccine is being administered as a booster.

Moderna has assured that the company will fast-track the clinical testing of Omicron-specific boosters to fight the more transmissible variant.

Aside from Moderna, other vaccine makers continue to develop variant-specific booster shots. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Kath Dumaraos)

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