Duterte, Xi call for ‘win-win’ cooperation on 46th anniversary of PH-China ties

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 10, 2021   •   257

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping both call for a “win-win” cooperation in commemoration of the 46th anniversary of Philippine-China relations.

The Philippine President expressed his gratitude for  China’s assistance to the Philippines in the face of challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Philippine-China economic ties are of course the dynamic force that will continue to drive or bilateral relations forward,” Duterte told Xi in a statement.

“I am confident that my Administration’s Build Build Build program together with the Belt and Road Initiative, will reap long-term benefits for our peoples,” he added.

Meanwhile, in a letter addressed to Duterte, the Chinese president acknowledged that in recent years, with concerted efforts of both sides, Philippine- China relations have remained “healthy and stable.”

“I attach great significance to the development of China-Philippines relations, and stand ready to work with you in guiding our bilateral relations to move forward in a sustained and steady manner, so as to achieve greater win-win results and mutual benefits,” Xi said. AAC


PH lists 6,879 new COVID-19 cases

Robie de Guzman   •   August 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Tuesday logged 6,879 new cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Health (DOH) said, bringing the total tally to 1,612,541.

In its latest bulletin, the DOH said the number of active infections in the country has reached 63,137.

Of these cases, 94 percent are mild, 1.3 percent are asymptomatic, 1.46 percent are moderate, 2.1 percent are severe, and 1.2 percent are in critical condition.

The DOH noted nine accredited testing laboratories that have failed to submit data on time while one was not operational last August 1.

Total recoveries rose to 1,521,263 after 6,337 more patients recovered from the viral disease.

The death toll climbed to 28,141 with 48 new fatalities.

Data from the DOH also showed that increasing healthcare utilization rate with 62 percent of the country’s ICU beds occupied and 41 percent of ventilators being used.

In the National Capital Region, 57 percent of the ICU beds are occupied while 41 percent of the ventilators are in use.

The DOH also noted 17.5 percent positivity rate out of 37,302 tests reported last August 1.

US-donated Moderna vaccines to arrive in PH on August 3 – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   August 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 3,000,060 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine donated by the government of the United States are set to arrive in the Philippines on Tuesday, August 3, Malacañang said.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte will personally welcome the arrival of the donated vaccines.

Duterte earlier expressed his gratitude to the administration of US President Joe Biden for committing three million vaccine doses, which he said, will greatly help the government’s mass immunization drive amid the threat of more contagious coronavirus variants.

“Nagpapasalamat tayo. I’d like to thank the President of the United States, si Biden, the government and the people of America for not forgetting us,” Duterte said during his public address late Monday.

The United States donated three million doses of Moderna vaccine through the COVAX vaccine-sharing program led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and GAVI.

Aside from the US-donated Moderna shots, Roque said additional Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine doses procured by the government are expected to arrive this month.

One million Sinovac shots may be delivered in the first week of August and over seven million in the succeeding weeks.

More than 400,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the United Kingdom have already arrived in Manila on Monday.

Around 813,150 Pfizer doses procured by the government will also be delivered by August 9 while 1.1 million AstraZeneca vaccines procured by the private sector are expected within August 9 to 15.

The Philippines will also receive on August 10, around 1 million Sinopharm vaccine doses donated by China.

In total, Roque said the country is expecting to receive more than 22 million doses for August.

The Philippines has so far received a total of 33,860,700 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from various manufacturers.

A total of 21,210,129 COVID-19 vaccine shots have been administered as of August 2. Around 11.8 million individuals have received their first dose while 9.3 million have already completed their shots.

Duterte earlier made an assurance that all regions and provinces will get the vaccines they need, but in the meantime, the government will prioritize the distribution of the jabs to areas with increased number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.

He also appealed for public patience as the government is facing a challenge in securing vaccine supplies.

21.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in PH; 9.3 million fully immunized — Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   August 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the Philippines has climbed to more than 21.2 million since the government started the rollout in March, Malacañang said Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said a total of 21,210,129 COVID-19 vaccine shots have been administered as of August 2.

A total of 11,840,504 individuals have received their first dose while 9,369,625 have already completed their shots.

Roque said the latest figure of fully vaccinated individuals is equivalent to 13.39 percent of the country’s target vaccination rate.

The government has been eyeing to vaccinate up to 70 million people this year to attain population protection against COVID-19.

Roque reminded the public to get vaccinated when it’s their turn and that the vaccines are given free of charge.

Ipinapaalala po namin sa lahat na huwag sayangin ang pagkakataong magpabakuna dahil ito naman po ay libre,” he said.

Magpalista sa inyong LGU at kung may schedule na, magpaturok na… Mas magandang na may dagdag-proteksyon sa mas nakakahawang Delta variant,” he added.


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