Use of Favilavir for coronavirus patients in PH should pass regulatory protocol – DOH
Marje Pelayo • February 20, 2020 • 2701
MANILA, Philippines – The manufacture of the anti-viral drug Favilavir has started in China after the government approved its use for the treatment of patients infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
But the Department of Health (DOH) argued that the Favilavir cannot be used in the Philippines to treat asymptomatic patients under investigation (PUIs) without going through the government’s regulatory guidelines.
According to Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the country has an existing regulatory protocol when it comes to usage of drugs or certain medications.
Likewise, the drug should be approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and should receive clearance from the Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“Until we can have those regulatory clearances (we cannot tell if) this drug can be used here in the Philippines or not,” Vergeire said.
Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) still doesn’t have the exact number of Filipinos who would avail the voluntary repatriation from the quarantined Diamond Princess Cruise Ship in Yokohama, Japan.
This, despite the go signal for repatriation coming from DFA Secretary Teddy Locsin.
As for the Filipino maid tested positive for COVID-19 in Hong Kong, Philippine officials are still waiting for the result of the second confirmatory test to make sure the Filipino is negative or cleared of the virus.
Based on the DOH’s record, suspected cases in the Philippines are now at 566 with the addition of 17 more PUIs. – MNP (with details from Aiko Miguel)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday (July 7) he tested positive for the novel coronavirus, adding in a television interview that he was in good health despite running a fever.
The right-wing populist, who has played down the severity of the virus which he has called a “little flu,” took the test on Monday after developing symptoms.
In the interview broadcast on state-run TV Brasil, Bolsonaro said he began feeling ill on Sunday (July 5) and has been taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug with unproven effectiveness against COVID-19.
“It started on Sunday (July 5) with a certain feeling of unwell that worsened during the day on Monday (July 6), with malaise, tiredness, a bit of muscle pain and a fever that reached 38 degrees in the late afternoon. I then thought that with these symptoms, and with the presidency’s medic (believing it to be) a possible COVID-19 infection, I did a CT scan at the armed forces hospital here in Brasilia. And the lungs were clear,” Bolsonaro said.
Brazil has the world’s second-largest outbreak behind the United States. Latin America’s largest country has more than 1.6 million confirmed cases and 65,000 COVID-19 deaths.
Bolsonaro has repeatedly defied local guidelines to wear a mask in public, even after a judge ordered him to do so in late June. Bolsonaro has also railed against social distancing rules supported by the World Health Organization.
Over the weekend, Bolsonaro attended several events and was in close contact with U.S. Ambassador Todd Chapman during July 4 celebrations. Pictures showed neither wearing a mask.
The U.S. Embassy in Brasilia said via Twitter on Monday (July 6) that the ambassador had lunch on July 4 with Bolsonaro, five ministers and the president’s son, Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro. The ambassador had no symptoms, but would undergo testing and is “taking precautions,” the embassy said. (REUTERS)
REUTERS – Apple Inc said on Wednesday (July 1) that it would re-close more than two dozen stores in seven states, including its home state of California, bringing the total closures to 77 as coronavirus cases continue to rise.
Starting Thursday (July 2), stores will close in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, and Oklahoma.
As of Wednesday, additional stores had already closed in Florida, Mississippi, Texas, and Utah.
Apple has taken an city-by-city approach to opening and closing stores, evaluating data for each community.
In cities where stores remain open, Apple requires face coverings for employees and customers while also performing temperature checks and frequent cleaning, the company said.
Apple has said its retail employees will continue to be paid through the closures. (Production: Angela Moore)
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday (June 25) declared a budget emergency in the most populous U.S. state, blaming expenses and the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Declaring a budget emergency allows the state to tap into its rainy day fund. California anticipates a $54.3-billion budget deficit due to costs and a drop in revenue linked to the pandemic.
The state’s budget crunch lies in the shadow of coronavirus cases that continue to mount.
Nearly 5,350 people tested positive for the coronavirus in California the past 24 hours, Newsom said. The increase was smaller than Wednesday’s (June 24) record of 7,149 new cases. But the number of Californians becoming very ill continued to rise, using about 34% of the available intensive care beds in the state, up from 29% on Wednesday.
A total of 4,240 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Thursday in the state, using about 9% of total available beds, Newsom said.
The surging cases have prompted the state to put 11 counties, representing about half of California’s population, on a watch list of places that might be required to roll back recent efforts to reopen their economies. (Reuters)
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