Philippines to conduct real-world study on effects of COVID-19 vaccines — DOST

Robie de Guzman   •   May 25, 2021   •   278

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is eyeing to conduct a study on the effects of vaccines against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a real-world setting, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said Tuesday.

DOST Undersecretary Rowena Guevara said the study will look into the vaccines’ efficacy, as well as seek answers to questions on its effects as determined by ethnicity and how long will it last on Filipinos.

Guevara said the study will include all vaccine brands available in the country. It is targeted to begin in June.

“Real-world data will answer questions on the effect on the ethnicity kasi Pilipino na ngayon iyong mga bakunado that’s one. Second, iyong pinakaimportanteng masagot, ano iyong efficacy niya over time? Kasi iyon wala pang masyadong mga sagot doon sa tanong na iyon kasi hindi pa tapos lahat ng Phase 3 trials ng lahat ng bakuna na ito, lahat sila naka-EUA pa,” she told reporters in a briefing.

The study will cost about P100 million and would need around 1,000 participants who have not received the vaccine by the time the trial starts.

Guevara said the study would follow participants for about a year to review the effect of COVID-19 vaccines, particularly on Filipinos.

The DOST official said the proposal was not yet final and still subject to approval by the Food and Drug Administration.

Once approved and underway, the Philippines’ study on the vaccines’ effects in a real-world setting will be the latest to be done following studies undertaken by the United Kingdom, the United States, Israel, Indonesia, and Chile, among others.

The Philippines has so far administered more than 4 million doses since the government started its immunization program on March 1. COVID-19 vaccines used in the inoculation are Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Sputnik V. RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

‘Maskless holiday’ sa Disyembre, target ng pamahalaan — Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   June 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Tiwala ang Malakanyang na maaabot ng Pilipinas ang minimithing ‘maskless holiday’ ngayong Disyembre sa gitna ng nagpapatuloy na vaccination program ng pamahalaan kontra COVID-19.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, malaki ang kumpiyansa ng pamahalaan na makakamit ang target na ito gaya ng nararanasan na ngayon sa ilang bansa.

“Kaya po yan. kaya nga po we are aiming for population protection… Kasi alam na natin sa mga bansang nakamit na nila ang containment, hindi na sila nagmamaskara at least sa outdoors gaya po ng Israel at ilang lugar sa Amerika,” ani Roque.

Sa datos ng pamahalaan as of June 16, 5.51 milyon na ang nakatanggap ng first dose ng COVID-19 vaccine sa buong bansa.Nasa 2.012 milyon naman ang nakakumpleto na ng doses.

Una nang sinabi ng pamahalaan na target nitong mabakunahan ang nasa 70 milyong mamamayan ngayong taon.

Ayon naman sa biological sciences expert na si Nicanor Austriaco, achievable ang target na ito kung hindi magkakaroon ng problema sa pagdating ng supply ng bakuna sa bansa.

Kailangan ding umabot sa 250,000 doses ang mai-administer sa isang araw sa National Capital Region (NCR) Plus areas mula ngayong buwan ng Hunyo hanggang November 30, 2021 upang maabot ang containment sa greater manila area gayundin ang tinatatarget na herd immunity.

“I follow the number of vaccinations in the NCR Plus 8, we have the capacity as long as we have the supply. I am hopeful that the supplies are arriving based on the schedule that Sec. (Carlito) Galvez has published,” ani Austriaco.

Giit pa nito, dapat mauna ang herd immunity kontra COVID-19 sa NCR plus upang maiwasan ang nangyaring spill over ng coronavirus infections sa iba pang bahagi ng bansa.

Sinabi rin ni Austriaco na hindi ginagamit ang bakuna upang tugunan ang kasalukuyang mabilis na pagtaas ng COVID-19 cases sa ilang bahagi ng bansa kundi upang maiwasan ang future surge na karaniwang nag-uumpisa sa Greater Manila area. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

PH to receive 1.5 million more Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine doses on June 17

Robie de Guzman   •   June 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will receive on Thursday, June 17, some 1.5 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Chinese drug firm Sinovac Biotech, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.

In a media advisory, the NTF said the shipment will be carried by a Cebu Pacific flight, which is expected to arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 at 7:30 a.m.

The incoming vaccine doses will be the third batch of Sinovac shots to be delivered to the Philippines in June.

The vaccines will then be transported to the cold storage facility of Pharmaserv Express, Inc. in Marikina City where they will be preserved prior to distribution to local government units.

Once delivered, the country’s vaccine supply will increase to more than 14 million doses.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said that around six million more vaccine doses are expected to arrive in the remaining days of June.

Senior citizens vaccinated vs COVID-19 should still avoid public places: DOH exec

Robie de Guzman   •   June 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Elderly people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should still avoid going to public places as they remain vulnerable to contracting the viral disease, a health official said Wednesday.

During the Laging Handa public briefing, Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega said vulnerable groups, including senior citizens, should still stay at home because only a small part of the country’s population has been vaccinated.

“Ang bakuna can prevent hospitalization and death pero puwede ka pa rin magkaroon ng COVID-19,” he said.

“So kailangan, lalo na kung vulnerable kayo, dapat wag muna magsilabas, lalo na ang mga seniors kasi ang population natin konti pa ang nabakunahan,” he added.

Vega said senior citizens who have completed their vaccination doses should only go to public places when at least 50 percent of the community has been vaccinated.

“That would lessen the transmission of the virus to the vulnerable group,” he said.

When going outdoors, elderly people should follow public health protocols such as wearing of face mask and observing physical distancing. They should also avoid staying in places that are not well ventilated.

“Alam naman nila kung paano nata-transmit yung virus, dapat kung sa indoor sila, pwede silang lumabas as long as they are [following] minimum public health standards. Iwasan po nila yung crowd gatherings, iwasan nila ang pagkain sa loob ng institutions na hindi maganda ang ventilation,” Vega said.

The government has been vaccinating priority groups, including healthcare workers (A1), senior citizens (A2), persons with co-morbidities (A3), and essential workers (A4), since it rolled out its COVID-19 immunization program in March.

As of June 13, the Philippines has administered a total of 6,948,549 COVID-19 vaccine doses. Of this, 5,068,855 are first doses, and 1,879,694 are second doses.

Around 479,034 senior citizens have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

The government is urging eligible populations belonging to priority groups A1 to A4 to register, get vaccinated and complete the required number of doses as scheduled.

It also advised the vaccinated population to continue practicing the minimum public health standards as they may still get infected with COVID-19 and infect other people.

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