Nationwide MGCQ in May likely with vaccine rollout, says Galvez

The Philippines might shift into modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in May if the government’s vaccination program goes as planned, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said Monday. Galvez, who was among the first government officials to be inoculated with the China-made Sinovac Biotech jab at the Philippine General Hospital, said the country may ease […] The post Nationwide MGCQ in May likely with vaccine rollout, says Galvez appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneMar 1st, 2021

13 million vaccine doses to arrive before midyear

The pace of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the country will pick up in the next two months as about 12 to 13 million doses of vaccines would arrive before the middle of the year, vaccine czar and Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. told Congress yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2021

Traveling secretaries and senators

Senator Panfilo Lacson has stated that if two Cabinet secretaries, namely Secretaries Harry Roque and Carlito Galvez, have violated health protocols and restrictions for COVID-19 then they should be investigated and punished under the law. In response, Roque countered that no violations were committed and that their movements were part of the vaccine rollout of government......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 21st, 2021

Government farms out 600,000 doses nationwide

The government intends to distribute all 600,000 Sinovac vaccine doses to different hospitals across the country within the first week of March, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 4th, 2021

Duterte orders first round of Covid-19 vaccination by first week of March

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the first round of vaccinations to begin in the first week of March, his long-time aide disclosed. Further details on the rollout will be provided in due course by vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., who also serves as the National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer, Senator […] The post Duterte orders first round of Covid-19 vaccination by first week of March appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2021

Delay in MGCQ shift prompts review of economic goals

“We support his decision and will work hard to rollout the vaccine so that we can further open the economy,” NEDA's Karl Kendrick Chua said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2021

Wait for vaccine rollout before moving to MGCQ

Wait for vaccine rollout before moving to MGCQ.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2021

Getting ready for the vaccine rollout

Vaccine czar Secretary Charlie Galvez, whom I have been in touch with regularly over the past couple of months, told me our country will be ready to roll out 108 million vaccine doses from five pharmaceutical companies starting the first quarter of this year, initially for frontliners......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2021

Philippines set to receive COVID-19 shots from COVAX facility

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a joint release that the Philippines received confirmation of its participation in the COVAX facility, which will ensure an early rollout of COVID-19 jabs......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2021

Vaccine wars

President Duterte and his subalterns, Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez and Health Secretary Francisco Duque, are at loggerheads with the Senate led by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, and Senators Panfilo Lacson, Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon, and Francis Pangilinan, on the anti-COVID-19 vaccines, particularly on three issues: one price; two, volumes, and three, timetable of rollout......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021

Biden to sign executive orders on Day 1, amid high alert for inauguration

Joe Biden’s top aide said Saturday the incoming president would sign about a dozen executive orders on his first day in office, as police fearing violence from Trump supporters staged a nationwide security operation ahead of the inauguration. Authorities in Washington, where Wednesday’s inauguration will take place, said they arrested a man with a loaded handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition at a security checkpoint, underscoring the tension in the US capital which is resembling a war zone. However, the man’s family told US media he was a security guard, rejecting the idea he was intent on causing harm. Incoming Biden chief of staff Ron Klain said in a memo to new White House senior staff that the executive orders would address the pandemic, the ailing US economy, climate change and racial injustice in America. “All of these crises demand urgent action,” Klain said in the memo. “In his first ten days in office, President-elect Biden will take decisive action to address these four crises, prevent other urgent and irreversible harms, and restore America’s place in the world,” Klain added. As he inherits the White House from Donald Trump, Biden’s plate is overflowing with acute challenges. The US is fast approaching 400,000 dead from the Covid-19 crisis and logging well over a million new cases a week as the coronavirus spreads out of control. The economy is ailing, with 10 million fewer jobs available compared to the start of the pandemic. Biden this week unveiled plans to seek $1.9 trillion to revive the economy through new stimulus payments and other aid, and plans a blitz to accelerate America’s stumbling Covid vaccine rollout effort. On Inauguration Day Biden, as previously promised, will sign orders including ones for the US to rejoin the Paris climate accord and reverse Trump’s ban on entry of people from certain Muslim majority countries, Klain said. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward,” Klain said. – 500 rounds of ammunition – Meanwhile, Washington was under a state of high alert after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6. The assault left five people dead, including a police officer. Security officials have warned that armed pro-Trump extremists, possibly carrying explosives, pose a threat to Washington as well as state capitals over the coming week. Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed in Washington and streets have been blocked off downtown with concrete barriers. On Friday night, police arrested a Virginia man at a security checkpoint where he tried to use an “unauthorized” credential to access the restricted area where Biden will be inaugurated. As officers checked the credential against the authorized access list, one noticed decals on the back of Wesley Beeler’s pick-up truck that said “Assault Life,” with an image of a rifle, and another with the message: “If they come for your guns, give ’em your bullets first,” according to a document filed in Washington, DC Superior Court. Under questioning, Beeler told officers he had a Glock handgun in the vehicle. A search uncovered a loaded handgun, more than 500 rounds of ammunition, shotgun shells and a magazine for the gun, the court document said. Beeler was arrested on charges including possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. But Beeler’s father Paul told The New York Times his son had been working as a security guard on the Capitol grounds. Asked if the younger Beeler supported a peaceful transition of power, Paul Beeler told the newspaper, “That’s the reason he’s there.” In addition to the heavy security presence in Washington, law enforcement was out in force in state capitals around the country to ward off potential political violence. Mass protests that had been planned for the weekend did not materialize on Saturday, with security far outnumbering Trump supporters at several fortified statehouses, US media reported. In St Paul, Minnesota, for example, hundreds of law enforcement officers, some armed with long guns, ringed the Capitol with National Guard troops providing backup.  The number of protesters totaled about 50......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsJan 17th, 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

Before we begin mass vaccination

Two things are to be considered in the envisioned nationwide mass immunization against COVID-19: First, it has to be depoliticized—completely, if possible; and second, the source of the vaccine has to be diversified, which means it should not be a monopoly of China. Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. should take steps so that politicians, including […] The post Before we begin mass vaccination appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2020

‘Vaccine czar needs expert backup’

Senators and some members of the medical community welcomed the designation of Secretary Carlito Galvez as the country’s “vaccine czar” but stressed that a team of scientific and logistics experts must support him in the task of deploying serums to fight the coronavirus to millions of Filipinos nationwide......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 4th, 2020

DOH: Appointment of Galvez as vaccine czar won t change our process

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Galvez, who is already the pandemic national action plan implementer, may add “more expeditious” process to fasttrack the rollout of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 4th, 2020

Philippines remains in recession in first quarter

The country remained in recession in the first quarter as the resurgence of COVID cases and delayed vaccine rollout prompted the government to reimpose strict lockdowns, essentially putting a lid on economic recovery, top bank economists said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 6th, 2021

More vaccines to arrive this month – Galvez

More COVID-19 shots from the World Health Organization-led COVAX Facility may arrive this month, including the first batch of jabs developed by American drug maker Pfizer, National Task Force against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 6th, 2021

Vaccine rollout for senior citizens to resume on May 3

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The vaccine rollout for senior citizens in Cebu City will resume on Monday, May 3, 2021.  Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella confirmed that nearly 10,000 Sinovac vaccines had been allocated to the city from the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7).  The DOH-7 received over 56,000 vaccines on April 30, […] The post Vaccine rollout for senior citizens to resume on May 3 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 1st, 2021

Vaccine czar sees herd immunity vs COVID-19 by yearend

Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. yesterday expressed confidence that the Philippines will achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 within the year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 30th, 2021

Region 7 still needs to vaccinate close to 100k HCWs

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Central Visayas still needs to vaccinate at least 98,000 healthcare workers (HCWs), nearly two months since it started its COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Based on the recent report made by the Visayas COVID-19 Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC), the region, as of April 28, still needs to administer COVID-19 vaccines to 98,698 medical […] The post Region 7 still needs to vaccinate close to 100k HCWs appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 29th, 2021

PH eyes buying excess AstraZeneca shots from Israel, US, UK

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government is seeking to buy excess or unused AstraZeneca vaccines from countries Israel, United States, and United Kingdom, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Thursday. Galvez said the Philippine government has already written a letter of intent to procure excess vaccines from Israel, US, and UK — the top three […] The post PH eyes buying excess AstraZeneca shots from Israel, US, UK appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 29th, 2021