QC administers 1-M doses, aims to reach herd immunity in 2 months

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2021   •   224

The Quezon City Government has administered around 1 million doses of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, during a virtual public briefing on Thursday (July 15), said the 40% of the target population received the first dose while 20% completed the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

She reported that the local government has administered a total of 1,072,230 doses in Quezon City under its vaccination rollout. A total of 687,143 received the first dose while 385, 087 are fully vaccinated.

Belmonte cited the good coordination of the public and private sector in boosting the number of daily vaccinated residents.

Gusto ko lang pong bigyang diin na actually ang momentum nandyan naman mabilis naman tayong magpabakuna. In fact yesterday [Wednesday] second doses natin nakaabot na tayo ng 50,000 a day that was very high po iyan,” she said.

(I want to point out that we have maintained momentum in the vaccination rollout. In fact, yesterday, our second dose reached 50,000 a day and that was very high.)

The QC mayor also hopes that if there are no delays in the delivery of vaccines and if 1.7 million residents are vaccinated, the city can reach herd immunity in two months.

“Given the speed that we were able to rollout basta may bakuna na na ready supply tingin ko enough ang 2 moths kaya nang abutin ang 1.7 million na target ng atin pong lungsod for population protection (as long as there are vaccines ready, it is enough. In two months, we can reach the target of 1.7 million population in the city),” she said.AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

Mga pauwi ng probinsya para sa long weekend, dumarami na – PITX

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Unti-unti nang dumadagsa sa Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) ang mga pauwi ng probinsiya para samantalahin ang long weekend.

Sa PITX naka-himpil ang mga bus na may biyaheng Katimugang Luzon.

Ayon kay Jayson Salvador, ang nangangasiwa sa PITX, mahigit sa 60,000 pasahero ang inaasahang nilang darating sa mga terminal para bumiyahe ngayong weekend.

“Yung pasahero natin during the intense lockdown ay nag-a-average tayo ng 20,000 to 25,000. Ngayon, simula nang nilagay tayo sa Alert Level 3, pumapalo na po tayo sa 50,000 to 55, 000 passengers a day and we anticipate that going towards the long weekend na Undas that it might reach 60,000 to 65,000,” ani Salvador.

Tiniyak naman ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) na nakahanda na ang ahensiya sa inaasahang pagdami ng mga pasahero.

Tinututukan rin nito ang mga malalaking terminal sa Metro Manila upang masegurong maayos ang sitwasyon at naipatutupad ang health protocols laban sa COVID-19.

“Taon-taon naman, may pandemic o wala, mayroon po tayong tinatawag na Oplan Undas. Yung Oplan Undas po, takes about in the context of having to monitor and inspect the units as well as inspect and prepare the terminals—yung mga bus terminals—para sa pagdagsa ng mga pasahero,” ang wika ni LTFRB chairman Atty. Martin Delgra.

Samantala, tiniyak naman ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) na nagsasagawa na rin ito ng inspeksyon sa PITX upang mapa-alalahanan ang mga driver at kondukto, pati na rin ng mga pasahero na sumunod sa physical distancing, at health protocols upang maiwasan ang hawaan ng COVID-19.

“Ang MMDA, nagbibigay ng mga alcohol test sa mga drivers. Tinitingnan kung mga naakainom o hindi. Kaya I would say na talagang handang handa na tayo maging sa mga sasakyan sa mga pagbyahe sa mga probinsya,” ani MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos.

Payo ng PITX sa mga pasahero, bumili ng ticket 48 oras bago ang petsa ng pag-biyahe upang makaiwas sa pila at abala.

Alamin rin ang requirements ng local government unit sa lugar na pupuntahan upang maihanda ang mga kailangang dokumento at proseso gaya ng pag-secure ng antigen test. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

300K anti-viral pills na molnupiravir, darating sa bansa sa Nobyembre

Robie de Guzman   •   October 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Magiging available na sa bansa ang oral antiviral pill na molnupiravir pagpasok ng buwan ng Nobyembre.

Ito ay matapos pagkalooban ng compassionate special permit (CSP) ng Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ang local importer at pharma company na Medethix Inc. para sa importasyon at distribusyon ng nasabing gamot para sa COVID-19 patients

Ayon kay Medethix Inc. co-founder at President Monaliza Salian, noong Setyembre pa sila nabigyan ng CSP.

Molnaflu aniya ang brand name ng gamot. Nasa 300,000 bote na naglalaman ng 40 tableta ang darating sa bansa sa susunod na buwan.

Ang Indian manufacturer na Aurobindo Pharma ang magsusuplay ng parating na molnupiravir sa Pilipinas.

May lisensiya ito mula sa MSD, ang pharmaceutical company na developer ng molnupiravir.

Ayon sa JackPharma, na siyang mangangasiwa sa sales ng Molnaflu, hindi aabot sa 700 US dollars o P35,000 ang presyo ng bawat pill gaya sa Amerika.

Mas mura din umano ang presyong ibibigay sa mga ospital ay local pharma companies na may CSP.

“At least for an estimate anywhere between on the market itself hopefully somewhere in the vicinity of about to P100-P130 per pill,” ani Meneleo “Meny” Hernandez, ang president ng JackPharma.

Ang recommended dose ng molnupiravir ay apat na capsule dalawang beses kada araw sa loob ng limang araw.

Kinumpirma ni Philippine Food and Drug Administration director general Eric Domingo na limang pharmaceutical companies na ang may aprubadong CSP para sa importasyon at distribusyon ng molnupiravir.

Nasa 31 ospital din aniya ang may CSP para magamit ang molnupiravir sa COVID-19 patients.

“So far, itong mga na-approve natin na CSP, iimport sila tableta, capsule na siya at registered na ito sa country kung saan siya manggagaling,” ani Domingo.

“Kapag kumuha ka kasi ng compassionate special permit nakalagay doon iyong hospital at kung sino ang licensed importer that will import the drug. Nung tinitignan ko iyong hospitals natin na may CSP, iyong mga nakikita kong importer na andito is about five,” dagdag pa niya.

Sa datos ng mga ekspertong nagsagawa ng clinical trials sa iba’t ibang bansa kabilang ang dalawang ospital sa Pilipinas, lumalabas na mabisa ang molnupiravir upang maiwasan ang pagka-ospital at pagkasawi dulot ng COVID-19 infection

Kumpara sa ibang COVID-19 investigational drugs, ang molnupiravir ay dinisenyo para sa early treatment ng COVID-19 patients. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni correspondent Aiko Miguel)

Cop nabbed over alleged robbery-extortion – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   October 27, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — A policeman assigned in Quezon City has been arrested for allegedly engaging in robbery-extortion activities, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.

In a statement, the PNP identified the cop as Police Corporal Myrldon Linga Yagi, who was assigned at Station 14, Holy Spirit, Quezon City Police District.

He was arrested during an entrapment operation launched by the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG).

The PNP said the police officer was caught receiving the marked money worth P2,000 as the supposed payment of a complainant.

The complainant gave the money to Yagi so his fruit stand will not be dismantled and to get back his mobile phone that the policeman allegedly took by force, it added.

According to the IMEG, the complainant reported to them that he was mauled, gun-poked and threatened by Yagi.

Authorities were able to seize the marked money, one unit of Taurus 9mm pistol with serial number TZE 30683; two pieces of magazine with 16 ammunition, a PNP identification card and cash worth P1,635 from the suspect.

Yagi is presently under custody of the PNP-IMEG in Camp Crame while criminal and administrative charges are being readied against him.

Eleazar said he directed a thorough investigation into the incident to also determine the possible cohorts or other cops involved in robbery-extortion in the area.

“Dahil dito ay titiyakin natin na habambuhay na pagsisihan ni Police Corporal Myrldon Yagi ang ginawa niyang pangongotong lalo na kung lumabas sa imbestigasyon na talagang ginawa niya ito,” he said.

The PNP chief also threatened to dismiss police officers who continue to engage in illegal activities.

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