Experts vouch for vaccine safety profile

The COVID-19 inoculation has not resulted in serious side effects, experts from the Department of Science and Technology-Vaccine Expert Panel and National Adverse Events Following Immunization Committee confirmed yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMay 27th, 2021

ICCP, PCCI hold vaccine summit

To help ensure the effective administration of COVID-19 vaccines throughout the country, the International Chamber of Commerce Philippines, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the International Chamber of Commerce will hold a virtual meeting of experts and policymakers dubbed the “Vaccine Summit: Equitable Distribution and Safety” on April 30......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 29th, 2021

Link between AstraZeneca, rare blood clots plausible

The AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine could possibly cause rare blood clots in some people but further studies are required to confirm the link, experts with the World Health Organization (WHO) said. The opinion by the subcommittee of WHO’s Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) follows a review of latest information from the European Medicines Agency […] The post Link between AstraZeneca, rare blood clots plausible appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 10th, 2021

WHO experts say Chinese jabs show ‘safety’, but data lacking

WHO vaccine experts said Wednesday that an interim analysis of clinical trial data from two Chinese Covid-19 vaccines showed they demonstrated “safety and good efficacy”, but that more data was needed. The Chinese firms Sinovac and Sinopharm, whose Covid jabs are already being used in several countries, have submitted data in applications for the World […] The post WHO experts say Chinese jabs show ‘safety’, but data lacking appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 31st, 2021

WHO experts to meet on AstraZeneca shot as virus cases surge

WHO safety experts prepared to meet Tuesday over the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine whose rollout has been halted in several European countries over blood clot fears, imperilling the pandemic fight as infection rates surge......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 16th, 2021

‘Experts need to ensure COVID-19 vaccine safety, efficacy’

Sen. Bong Go yesterday stressed the need for experts to ensure the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines to allay fears and help improve public confidence in the National COVID-19 Vaccine Roadmap, while emphasizing that government authorities are doing their best to secure sufficient supply of vaccines for the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2021

Duterte appoints Galvez as vaccine czar; ‘good choice’, say lawmakers

By Genalyn D. Kabiling and Charissa Luci-Atienza In a meeting with government officials on the disaster response Monday, President Duterte announced he wanted former AFP chief and now Presidential peace adviser Carlito Galvez Jr Galvez to lead the government’s vaccine acquisition and distribution effort.  Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. (NTF AGAINST COVID-19 / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Duterte said Galvez would be the only authorized official to negotiate for the country’s’ vaccine supply. He expressed his dislike with the creation of committees since the process will take long.  “As I have said earlier during the start of the COVID, I only want one line of authority coming from dito sa the Task Force sa pagbili ng bakuna, the negotiation, manufacture, negotiation, production or distribution is ibinigay ko ‘yan kay Secretary Galvez,” he said. “I have great faith in Charlie to really come up with the solutions for the problem,” he added. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque defended the additional assignment given to Galvez, saying the planned immunization drive would involve “more of a logistics challenge than a medical challenge.” Galvez, who joined the Duterte Cabinet in 2018, also currently serves as chief implementer of the government’s plan to fight the coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, members of the House of Representatives lauded Galvez’s designation as vaccine war, among them: Representatives Michael Defensor, Roger Mercado, Ronnie Ong, Alfred Vargas and Rosanna Vergara. “It’s more of a logistics challenge than a medical challenge,” Roque explained. He said the only medical issues involved in the vaccine purchase are related to safety and efficacy of the drugs. This matter, he said, will be handled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  He said Galvez is expected to continue his close coordination with the Department of Health and other agencies that will be involved in the vaccination drive. “Gen. Galvez would have the hindsight of what happened and the understanding of the COVID baseline. What we need is the leadership and managerial skills in taking the lead of the COVID vaccine campaign,” Defensor, chairperson of the House Committee on Public Accounts, said in a text message when asked if the vaccine czar should have been a medical doctor.  “I support the President’s appointment of Sec Galvez.  Galvez is an innovative  administrator. He can be trusted to implement the program well,”  Mercado said in a separate text message.  “We are happy that the president is preparing early and appointing someone to lead is good news,” Ong said.  Vargas also rallied behind the  the decision of President Duterte to appoint Galvez, saying that “we don’t need a doctor but a manager for this job.” Vergara also gave her vote of confidence to Galvez.  “Being the COVID-19 policy chief implementer, he has a clear overview of the COVID-19 situation in the county and such knowledge is very crucial in the distribution of the vaccine. I am sure, there are medical experts who advise the good Secretary,” she said.  “I am assuming  the vaccine chosen has already passed all testing and FDA approvals , the challenge will be to properly allocate and distribute it fairly across the country to the most vulnerable  and this is the challenge anyone who heads this Task Force will face– how do you properly allocate this should the vaccine supply be limited because of world wide demand? Thus, the need to plan for equally expedited distribution and delivery. Building a delivery system that is quick, fair and will not result to inequitable distribution,”  Vergara added......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsNov 3rd, 2020

3 int’l COVID-19 vaccine makers gunning for Phase 3 clinical trials in PH

MANILA, Philippines — Local vaccine experts are currently reviewing the applications of three international vaccine manufacturers to decide if Phase 3 of their respective clinical trials can be done in the Philippines to test the safety and efficacy of the vaccines developed against COVID-19. According to Dr. Jaime Montoya, Executive Director of the Philippine Council […] The post 3 int’l COVID-19 vaccine makers gunning for Phase 3 clinical trials in PH appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2020

Johnson & Johnson Initiates Global Phase 3 Clinical Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies announced last Wednesday that they are moving forward with its large-scale, pivotal, multi-country Phase 3 trial (ENSEMBLE) for their COVID-19 vaccine candidate, JNJ-78436735. Initiation of the ENSEMBLE trial was triggered by the positive interim results from the Company’s Phase 1/2a clinical study, which demonstrated that the safety profile and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2020

World Roundup: Russians say Sputnik vaccine & lsquo;safe& rsquo;

Patients involved in early tests of a Russian coronavirus vaccine developed antibodies with “no serious adverse events,” according to research published in The Lancet Friday, but experts said the trials were too small to prove safety and effectiveness......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 4th, 2020

Golf makes a conservative return with an eye on the long run

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan went from wondering if any golf would be played this year to a schedule that resumes next week with a calendar filled through Thanksgiving. What hasn't changed is his belief that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic isn't over just because golf is back. “I don't think it's over," Monahan said Friday in a telephone interview. “I'm really confident in the plan. But you spend a lot of your time, given the uncertainty, thinking through scenarios that could play out. That's what we'll continue to do. We won't be comfortable until we're told we can be comfortable. That will be when we have a vaccine and there's no risk.” Golf is the second major sports league to return behind NASCAR, which began racing three weeks ago and ran nine national series races in a span of 14 days. The Charles Schwab Challenge next week in Fort Worth, Texas, has one of the strongest fields in Colonial's rich history, starting with the top five players from the world ranking. There will be no spectators for at least a month, even though Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week moved the state to Phase III in the recovery that allows outdoor events at 50% capacity. “We've developed a safety plan that doesn't include spectators. That's what we stand by,” Monahan said. “We want to have a sustained return. If you think about a run to go through the FedEx Cup, we want to make sure week to week we're not taking on unnecessary risk.” Monahan said he is “not the arbiter of confidence,” rather it comes from guidance of health experts at all levels and a plan that involves testing players, caddies and essential personnel as much as twice a week — trying to create a bubble for the traveling circus that is golf. Players were mailed a test kit and were recommended to use it before they travel. They will be tested when they arrive at tournaments and before they leave if they're on charter flights the tour has arranged, and then the process is repeated at the next tournament. Thermal readings and health surveys are required daily, along with sanitizing and social distancing. “It's the only manner we could return,” he said. The tour added another layer this week in a deal with South Dakota-based Sanford Health to have mobile labs at every tournament, with capacity to get results in a matter of hours without taking away resources from the markets where they play. Monahan said CBS Sports is creating its own bubble for the telecast, with Jim Nantz the only person in the booth and other analysts working remotely. Ninety days will have passed from the opening round of The Players Championship, which was canceled the next day, until the first tee shot at Colonial. “We all went home dealing with the same questions,” he said. “How do I get a complete understanding of where we are with the virus and all the elements? How do we recognize that we're turning off (canceling) 11 events? How do you think about resumption and at the same time develop a safety and testing program, not our area of expertise?" The reset began with the majors picking new dates — the British Open was canceled — with the PGA Championship in San Francisco moving to Aug. 6-9, the U.S. Open in New York on Sept. 17-20, and the Masters on Nov. 12-15. “At that time it was very unclear where we would be with safety and testing,” Monahan said. “It could have been earlier than we are, it could have been through points of next year. Information was changing by the minute.” Now that golf is returning, Monahan couldn't predict when spectators would return. He said the tour has worked with tournaments the last several years on building a reserve fund for a crisis such as this. “If you’re not selling tickets, and there’s not hospitality, you don’t have the pro-am experience or the honorary observer program for the sponsor ... that’s a significant financial impact on those tournaments, and the impact on the way tournaments connect with their communities,” he said. Tournaments and their title sponsors still have managed to raise money for their local charities. The Zurich Classic matched last year's donation of $1.5 million to a children's services foundation. The John Deere Classic expects $10 million in donations, even though it canceled its July event. The pandemic is not the only talking point as golf tries to get back on track. The tour on Friday posted Monahan's letter to staff and players on the nation's civil unrest, which the AP first reported on Tuesday. He had a 10-minute video conversation with Harold Varner III, one of three PGA Tour members of black heritage, who wrote passionately on social media on George Floyd, killed when a white police officer held a knee to the back of Floyd's neck while the black man was handcuffed. The conversation was scheduled before the protests began, and Varner was chosen because he's on the Player Advisory Council and golf was ready to resume. “We'll be talking about COVID and civil and social unrest for some time,” Monahan said. “Next week will not be an exception on that front.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 6th, 2020

More studies, guidelines needed for COVID-19 ‘booster shot’ – experts

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Local experts said more studies are needed while a set of guidelines should be formulated before they can proceed in inoculating people with booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine. “We needed more studies and guidelines for the panel for vaccination before we can even entertain booster shots,” said Dr. Mary Jean […] The post More studies, guidelines needed for COVID-19 ‘booster shot’ – experts appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2021

Experts studying use of vaccine booster shot

Experts studying use of vaccine booster shot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2021

Israel medical experts in town to observe vaccine rollout

The Philippine government is hoping to learn from Israel medical experts who recently arrived to observe the country’s vaccine rollout, Malacañang said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2021

PNP chief set to take first dose of vaccination rollout for cops

"We won't choose what brand will be administered to us. We subscribe to the findings of health experts that all vaccine brands are safe and effective, so we will take advantage of this free vaccination regardless of the brand," Eleazar said in mixed Filipino and English. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 10th, 2021

The decision to suspend the estrogen vaccine is negative: experts

The number of countries suspending vaccinations has risen sharply following allegations of blood clots in the hands of a handful of patients after receiving the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 4th, 2021

WHO solidarity trials start in Philippines next month – DOST

The World Health Organization Solidarity Vaccine Trials that will assess the efficacy and safety of some COVID-19 vaccines may begin in the Philippines next month, Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary for Research and Development Rowena Cristina Guevara said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 26th, 2021

Fusion Philippines announces COVID-19 vaccine for all its employees

Fusion BPO Services is furthering its commitment to protecting its employees’ health, safety, and well-being by removing obstacles for its employees to access the COVID-19 vaccine if they so choose. Today, the company unveiled its plan to support its employees in both its Cebu and Manila centers in the Philippines. Fusion is working closely with Cebu […] The post Fusion Philippines announces COVID-19 vaccine for all its employees appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 24th, 2021

Mactan airport frontliners vaccinated

At least 92 frontliners at the Mactan Cebu International Airport(MCIA) have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporations President Louie Ferrer said the vaccination rollout would ensure the continued health and safety not just of the workers but all those who pass and use the facilities of MCIA. “The vaccination […] The post Mactan airport frontliners vaccinated appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2021

DOH counts on private sector to speed up vaccine rollout

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) aims to ramp up vaccination efforts against COVID-19 with the help of the private sector, which will put up its own jab sites and deploy health workers, Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Saturday. The DOH also said it would deploy medical experts to help convince more […] The post DOH counts on private sector to speed up vaccine rollout appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine rollout is nowhere from high gear

It has been two months since the Philippine government began its vaccine rollout but the country is far from inoculating at least one percent of the population as public hesitancy on vaccine efficacy and safety remains. The post COVID-19 vaccine rollout is nowhere from high gear appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsMay 19th, 2021