After a year, COVID-19 vaccines finally at hand

Paris---Less than a year after an unknown coronavirus that has claimed 1.4 million lives began spreading across the globe, a number of highly promising COVID-19 vaccines are on the cusp of release......»»

Category: techSource: thestandard thestandardNov 28th, 2020

Stanley Pringle gets TikTok tutorial from Maja Salvador

We all know what Barangay Ginebra Gin King Stanley Pringle can do on the basketball court.  The high-scoring guard is a PBA champion, a five-time All-Star, a one-time Mythical Team selection, and was the 2015 PBA Rookie of the Year.  With the PBA and almost all sports in the Philippines currently experiencing some downtime thanks to the COVID-19 virus however, it looks like Stanley is looking to try his hand at something else to pass the TikTok for example.  Like all great athletes, Stanley isn't afraid to ask for some help, and it looks like he's reached out to someone who knows her way around the super-popular social media platform in cousin Maja Salvador.  In a series of clips posted on Maja's official account, it looks like she's doing a swell job of teaching Stanley how to move and groove, TikTok style!  @majasalvador88 when your cuzin wants to learn TikTok ???? ##StanleyPringle ? Coño (feat. Jhorrmountain x Adje) - Puri @majasalvador88 and another one... ##SavageLove with the Cuzzo ##StanleyPringle ? Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat) - Jawsh 685 & Jason Derulo @majasalvador88 Last one! @rambotronic finally joined us! ???? ##StanleyPringle ? Pick It Up Challenge - pacificsoundz Stanley's looking like a natural, to be honest.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 6th, 2020

BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 1

Pingoy Rule: Never give up. --- Jerie Pingoy is not a disappointment. He is disappointed in himself, no doubt about that, but he is not a disappointment. Not just yet - so he says. "'Di ako susuko na makapag-PBA. I still want to prove to everyone na kaya ko pang makipagsabayan," he said, full of confidence, in a phone interview. "Kasi nakikita ko pa sa sarili kong kaya ko pa eh - as in, kaya ko pa. Sana, sana mabigyan ako ng chance to prove na I'm still worthy." Many dream of playing in the PBA, but only a few get to do so. Even fewer get to do so after going missing in action for more than a year. The last time we saw the 5-foot-9 point guard, he and Adamson University were at the wrong end of the University of the Philippines' breakthrough in 2018. No, that's not right. The last time we actually saw Pingoy was in the now-suspended 2020 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup where he played two games with Karate Kid-Centro Escolar University. "Sa ngayon, I'm trying to come back. Since bata ako, gusto ko mag-PBA, pero sa ngayon, sa nakikita ko sa sarili ko, kailangan ko magdoble-kayod para dun," he said. "Ang hirap pa ngayon, nawala ako ng (higit isang) taon kaya mas lalong dapat ipakita kong worthy akong mapunta dun." In between his last game as a Soaring Falcon and his first one with the Scorpions, indeed, it seemed as if the 25-year-old just went off the grid - something that would have been thought to be impossible years ago when he was still the toast of high school basketball and a hoped-for contributor in collegiate hoops. GOOD OLD DAYS "One of the best players I've ever seen. He was the complete package," Mike Oliver, Pingoy's head coach at Far Eastern University-Diliman, answered when asked to look back at his former ward. Oliver would be one of the few people who would have a good grasp of the top talents at the high school level as he was a champion coach there as well as mentor of Batang Gilas. "It was a transition from Coach Norman [Black] to Coach Bo [Perasol] and we were trying to rebuild the program. He was one of the first recruits talaga that Coach Bo wanted," Kiefer Ravena, Pingoy's teammate in Ateneo de Manila University, answered when asked to recall one of the prized prospects he helped recruit. Ravena would be one of the people who would know a thing or two about the Blue Eagles' recruitment plans in the early '10s as, of course, playing with him would have been one of the reasons why a player would want to wear blue and white. "We're just scratching the surface of what he can do right now. If he will just follow what we're trying to teach him, he will be a better all-around player," Franz Pumaren, shot-caller at Adamson University where Pingoy transferred to, said right after one of the better games he had in college. Pumaren would be one of the few people who would have the power to make somebody believe that his system leads to wins and championships - and the power to judge the potential of a player. NEW YEAR, NEW ME After two years in Adamson, though, Pingoy decided against playing his fifth and final playing year in the UAAP and decided to instead nurse his troublesome left foot back to full strength. Along with that, for the good of his mind, he decided to stay away from all the noise. And so, for more than a year, not much was heard from Pingoy nor did he hear anything from anyone. That was until Karate Kid-CEU came calling by getting him in the 2020 PBA D-League Draft. With his up-and-down collegiate career a thing of the past, Pingoy was nothing but grateful for yet another shot. "I'm so thakful sa CEU kasi sobrang inaalagaan nila ako. Sina Coach Jeff [Napa] pati mga boss dun, tinutulungan talaga nila akong mabalik yung career ko," he said. So much was he grateful that he wasted no time in returning their trust in him. In fact, in just a month, he was able to shed off excess fat - something he has been known to be unable to get away from in his last years in college - and shape up. "After practices, may workout pa ako and dahil dun, from 250 lbs., naging 211 lbs. na lang ako nung may D-League pa. Ngayon, tuloy-tuloy pa rin and 197 lbs. na lang ako," he was glad to report. He also added, "Kailangan nasa 170 lbs. Sana makuha." HERE WE GO AGAIN Just when it looked like all was finally coming together for Pingoy, however, COVID-19 turned into a pandemic and forced the D-League, as well as all other sporting events, to be postponed. And with the crisis continuing, it is yet to be determined when the developmental league would resume - or if it would even resume considering that all but one of its 11 participating teams are college-based. This is just the latest challenge in a young career that has already been through several starts and stops. Start with back-to-back UAAP Jrs. MVPs as well as a championship in FEU-Diliman. Stop with brand new residency rules from high school to college. Start with the starting point guard position in your first game in Ateneo. Stop with a logjam of point guards and then academic deficiencies. Start with a long-awaited breakout as a two-way player for Adamson. Stop with a foot injury that failed to fully heal. Start with Karate Kid-CEU taking a chance on you. Stop with COVID-19 shutting down anything and everything. Still, Pingoy chooses to see the silver linings. "I think it's God's plan. Hindi yung virus ha," he shared with a laugh. He then continued, "For me, sinasabing bago ka maglaro ulit, kailangang fit na fit ka. Dapat, 'di na ganun kataba. Dapat, ipakita sa CEU na kahit walang training, ready pa rin." For sure, his future is yet to be written - and only his hand is holding the pen. Still, it could not be argued that after all those starts and stops, the very first one remains to have left the biggest mark. NEXT ON BEST-OF-5 SERIES: THE PINGOY RULES: "Nasasayangan ako sa years na 'di ako nakapaglaro. Kung nakapaglaro ako nung mga yun, mag-iiba yung takbo ng panahon." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 8th, 2020

AstraZeneca jabs coming in May

The first batch of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in May or June this year, one of President Rodrigo Duterte's advisers said Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 21st, 2021

Going against own promise, Duterte to take COVID-19 vaccine in private

Such pronouncement effectively goes against what Duterte said last year, where he said he would volunteer to take Russia's donation of its vaccines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021

Still out in the cold

What is our situation almost a year into the COVID-19 lockdown? The announced discovery and production of five vaccines from US, European and Asian manufacturers just before the end of 2020 should have been greeted with hope and relief worldwide......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 18th, 2021

Gov’t sets inspection of cold storage facilities

For COVID-19 vaccines The government will conduct an inspection starting next week of existing cold storage facilities as it prepares for another tripartite logistics suppliers agreement for an integrated shipment, storage and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the country. National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said this as he assured that inputs from the private logistics providers will be considered in organizing an end-to-end service for the vaccines’ rollout. Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) on COVID-19 (NTF AGAINST COVID-19 / MANILA BULLETIN) “Next week we will inspect all available cold chain storage. We are coordinating with a consortium so that they will make sure that all vaccines from 2-8-degree celcius to negative 70 will be taken care of,” he said. This developed as the Cold Chain Association of the Philippines (CCAP), told Manila Bulletin that the industry is still awaiting for the government to accept the industry’s offer to play a role in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine. CCAP is a multi-sectoral group of companies involved in the handling, storage, and distribution of chilled and frozen food, among other products.                Galvez assured that the logistics system for the vaccines will be in coordination with the vaccine suppliers, the cold storage provider and the government. Galvez explained the government has to establish an integrated logistics system for the vaccines to ensure there is no wastage of the new vaccines, which have different storage temperature requirement. “We have seen some reports that we have 30 percent wastage in some areas in Europe. With acute shortage of vaccines we cannot afford wastage,” he stressed. He further said that the cold storage facilities are part of their agreement with vaccine suppliers for an end-to-end service solution. The after sales service is part of this long commitment with the vaccine suppliers and as a requirement under the government’s universal health system. “We will make sure that the vaccine that will be coming here has an integrated coordination with vaccine maker, the local government units and the private sector so that includes after sales service,” he said. Meantime, the Go Negosyo which spearheaded the private sector donation drive “A Dose of Hope” said there are ongoing consultations to help Galvez in coming up with an integrated shipment, storage and distribution system for the vaccines. Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said the private sector donors would rather live the logistics aspect to the vaccine supplier Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals and the national government to ensure smooth implementation. Concepcion has secured 17 million doses from the private sector that are expected to inoculate 8 million Filipinos in June-July this year. Meantime, Royal Cargo Inc., one of the country’s leading logistics providers, has expanded its cold storage facility at its Paranaque head office so it can accommodate the different temperature requirements of the various COVID-19 vaccines. Earlier, CCAP President Anthony Dizon said the Philippine government is yet to formally tap the country’s cold chain industry for the handling and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the country.            According to Dizon, the industry, “individually and collectively”, has more than enough capacity to participate in the country’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution program.Right now, he said the cold chain industry’s total cumulative capacity stood at 500,000 pallet containers, while the initial 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine will consume only less than 200 pallets.            “Our initial estimate is that even if we are called upon to play a role in the storage of the vaccine, it will constitute a small portion of our capacity,” Dizon said.“The industry is just waiting for the government to approach us,” he added.   In a previous report,. said the government is now in discussion with the private sector regarding the state-led distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.             “I’m thankful to the private sector for throwing their support to us, like what they did when we ramped up our testing capacity,” said Galvez.  On the part of CCAP, however, Dizon said no official dialogue has so far taken place between the organization and the government regarding this matter......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsJan 17th, 2021

EDITORIAL - The other viral outbreak

Different vaccines against COVID-19 are finally coming out, promising an end to this once-in-a-century global scourge. There is another viral pestilence, however, that continues to call for urgent containment......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2021

Say goodbye to our own COVID-19 vaccine

In September last year, I raised this question in this space: Why didn't the Duterte administration even think of initiating the development of a vaccine or cure for COVID-19, and completely relied on other countries, such as China, Russia, United States and United Kingdom, to supply us with the vaccines that would allow us to achieve herd immunity against the dreaded disease?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 14th, 2021

Go: Government eyeing COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Q1

The national government is targeting to start the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines before the end of the first quarter of the year, Sen. Bong Go said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 14th, 2021

Failure to communicate

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, recent surveys show Filipinos seem reluctant to be inoculated once vaccines from various drug companies begin arriving later this year......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 13th, 2021

PH eyes 148 million doses of vax

The government plans to buy 148 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines this year at a cost of P82.5 billion, and close deals for about 100 million of those doses next week, the country’s vaccine czar Carlito Galvez told the Senate Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 12th, 2021

Good men down

After losing a number of friends and classmates to COVID-19 over the course of last year, I had hoped that I will have fewer trips to wakes this year knowing that somehow we have learned our lessons well. The social distancing, mask- and shield-wearing and hand-washing protocols have become part of our regular routine and we have learned to conduct business and get to socialize more using the magic of the Internet. (That is if we get our timing and signals right.) Sadly, that was not to be the case at all......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 11th, 2021

Davao City Council prepares COVID-19 immunization program

The Davao City Council is preparing for the implementation of the COVID-19 immunization program in Davao City following the commitment of AstraZeneca to provide vaccines for the city later this year. The national government has also announced its immunization program for this year......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsJan 9th, 2021

AstraZeneca may deliver vaccines by Q3 – Belmonte

British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca may be able to deliver the 750,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines ordered by the Quezon City government in the third quarter of the year, according to Mayor Joy Belmonte......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 7th, 2021

Duterte tells PSG to shut up on use of smuggled COVID-19 vaccines during probe

“I will not elaborate on it but do not force my hand to meddle into this affair because maybe I will not, I am not so keen about allowing [PSG chief Brigadier General Jesus] Durante and the rest of the PSG to testify,” Duterte said in a televised speech late Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 5th, 2021

Businessmen bare wish list for 2021

The availability of COVID-19 vaccines and the passage of legislative measures to help the country recover from the pandemic and attract more investments form part of the business sector’s wish list for this year......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 4th, 2021

US death toll from virus highest-ever

The US logged its highest ever daily death toll from the coronavirus Wednesday as the world prepares to turn the page on a grim year defined by the pandemic, with much of the globe united in one hope for 2021: that a slew of new vaccines will stamp out Covid-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 31st, 2020

Hope in the New Year

The year has finally come to an end. Perhaps this is the most awaited day by many. Year 2020 has undoubtedly been difficult. The island of Luzon, particularly Southern Luzon, was devastated by the eruption of the Taal Volcano at the start of the year. A few weeks later, the country recorded its first case of COVID-19, and the rest is history. Today, we face another threat as we approach a new year, a new strain of the dreaded COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 31st, 2020

‘The beginning of the end’: Europe rolls out vaccines to see off pandemic

MADRID/ROMEO—Europe launched a massive COVID-19 vaccination drive on Sunday with pensioners and medics lining up to get the first shots to see off a pandemic that has crippled economies and claimed more than 1.7 million lives worldwide. “Thank God,” 96-year-old Araceli Hidalgo said as she became the first person in Spain to have a vaccine. […] The post ‘The beginning of the end’: Europe rolls out vaccines to see off pandemic appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 27th, 2020

‘Let coco fund benefit farmers’

For the coming year, my fondest wish is for our battle against Covid-19 to come to an end. I am certain that in the next few months, the vaccines that the government bought will be ready for distribution to our citizens The post ‘Let coco fund benefit farmers’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 25th, 2020