PH to receive 8M doses of India’s Covaxin in May – envoy
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Ambassador to India Ramon Bagatsing Jr. on Tuesday (April 27) announced that some eight million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from India’s Bharat Biotech are expected to arrive in the country by the end of May.
This after the Indian drug company secured emergency use approval (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its COVID-19 vaccine “Covaxin” along with five other pharmaceutical companies.
Bagatsing said the procurement is under a tripartite deal between Bharat Biotech, the local government units and the private sector.
“The national government really has no participation here,” he said adding that the deal pushed through after the approval from the national government.
The eight million doses, he said, are all committed for distribution between the local governments and the private sector.
Because COVID situation in India is at an alarming state, the Ambassador said the country has doubled their vaccine manufacturing.
“With these cases here, nag-alala ang India baka kulangin sila (the Indian government feared a shortage in supply) because they were one of the first countries that donated vaccines all over the world, about 50 million plus. Because of that the government ordered to double the production of Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Bagatsing confirmed that about 30 million doses of Covovax from India’s Serum Institute are expected to be delivered in September.
The said vaccines were procured by the government through vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. when he flew to India last month for talks and eventual signing of the vaccine deal.
Umano’y nasayang na supply ng COVID-19 vaccine sa Cotabato, iniimbestigahan na — DOH
MANILA, Philippines — Iniimbestigahan na ng Department of Health (DOH) ang napaulat na pagkasayang umano ng supply ng COVID-19 vaccine na ipinadala sa bayan ng Makilala sa Cotabato.
Ayon kay Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, nasa 348 doses ng Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines ang umano’y nasayang matapos mapabayaan sa loob ng freezer nang magkaroon ng power outage sa lugar.
Paalala naman ng kagawaran sa mga lokal na pamahalaan na bantayang maigi ang kanilang COVID-19 vaccine supply upang matiyak ang wastong temperature sa pag-iimbak nito.
“Hindi lang po isang beses isang araw ang ginagawang pagmo-monitor ng temperatura ng bakuna. Ito po ay ginagawa kada apat na oras,” ani Vergeire.
Nakipag-ugnayan na aniya sila sa lokal na pamahalaan kaugnay ng insidente.
“As to the sanctions, they were already advised and the local government has been coordinated with by our regional Office,” ang wika ni Vergeire. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)
IATF upgrades mayors, governors in COVID-19 vaccination priority list
MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has included mayors and governors in the top priority group for the government’s COVID-19 vaccination.
Under Resolution No. 115-B approved on Monday, the IATF said all governors and mayors or all local chief executives will now be among the priority group A1.5 for vaccination, “regardless of the risk classification of their respective local government units (LGU).
The country has around 1,634 provincial governors and city and municipal mayors. They were previously under the fourth sector (A4 category) composed of essential workers.
The first sector includes healthcare workers, the second priority group is composed of senior citizens while the third sector includes persons with co-morbidities.
The Philippines has so far administered over two million vaccine doses since the government rolled out its immunization program on March 1.
Phl logs 5,790 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 1,143,963
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday confirmed that the Philippines has recorded 5,790 new cases of the coronavirus disease, bringing the active cases to 54,904.
This means that the country has recorded a total of 1,143, 963 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday, 4 pm.
The DOH also reported 7,541 new recoveries. This has brought the total number of Filipinos who recovered from the viral infection to 1,069,868.
The health department also logged 140 more deaths from the fatal disease, DOHbringing the country’s COVID-19 death toll to 19,191.
The DOH said the low number of new cases was due to the low testing output of laboratories on May 14.