No conditions in China’s move to prioritize PH as vaccine recipient — Sta. Romana

China has not imposed any condition when it included the Philippines as among the priority nations to gain access to its potential coronavirus vaccine, according to a Filipino diplomat. Amb. Jose Santiago Sta. Romana Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said China instead reminded the country to prepare its cold storage facilities amid the highly anticipated breakthrough in vaccine development. China will hopefully announce its mass production of the coronavirus vaccine before the end of the year or early next year, Sta. Romana said during an online Palace press briefing. “Hopefully, mass production and distribution will happen in the near future, as early as November and December in terms of production. And it will depend on our capability to receive the vaccines in terms of our facilities, in terms of distribution,” he said.  “The prospects are bright in terms of a breakthrough in vaccine,” he added. Sta. Romana made clear that the cold storage facilities for the potential COVID-19 vaccines are not conditions set by China but simply a reminder to ensure effective distribution of the vaccine.  “It’s just a reminder that if you get the vaccine and you don’t have cold chain storage, then it’s useless so you have to prepare,” he said, citing information from Chinese drug companies.  He said even if the Philippines is in the “priority list,” the distribution of the vaccine will be a challenge. He said the vaccines must be stored in “freezing conditions” to keep its efficacy.  “If exposed to tropical weather or to normal weather conditions, the vaccine could lose its effectiveness,” he said.So far, Sta. Romana said the vaccines being developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firms have entered phase 3 of the clinical trials. One of the potential vaccines have been approved for emergency use for health workers and other government frontliners. “The Chinese will make an announcement in the near future and then they’ll start their mass production. And once there is the mass production, then I think there will be distribution. Hopefully, before the end of the year; but surely by the first quarter of next year,” he said.  Asked if China has imposed any condition on the Philippines in exchange for the vaccine supply, Sta. Romana said: “No, not at all. Actually, we’re the ones, our condition is that it should pass our local requirements.” When asked if Beijing has pledged the amount of vaccines and if these will be given to Manila for free, Sta. Romana said the matter would entail more discussion. “I cannot give you a definitive answer right now but definitely in terms of number, you know, how they will do it kasi it depends on the—they’re talking of hundreds of millions in terms of production dito sa China. So, the question is iyong distribution and deployment,” he said. “They’re preparing their manufacturing facilities for the mass production of vaccines the moment approval is announced,” he added. Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado has assured that the government has funds that will be needed for the establishment of the cold storage facilities for the coronavirus vaccines. “Surely, as the sun rises in the east, there will be funds for that because the President will never allow that we will run short of the requirements to make sure that we have the storage facilities for all of these vaccines,” he said in the same online press conference. Last week, President Duterte expressed confidence about the safety of the vaccines being developed by China, citing the Asian neighbor is a modern country. He said the government has funds for the vaccine purchase, adding he was just waiting for China or Russia to contact him. “I’d be glad to open up my sleeves because I am confident with their vaccine,” he added......»»

Category: newsSource: 22nd, 2020

Roque to Congress: Consult Palace on increasing budget for vaccines

Any congressional move to raise the proposed 2021 budget for the coronavirus vaccine should at least be done in consultation with the Executive branch, according to a Palace official.  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (RESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said while they respect Congress’ wisdom to hike the vaccine budget for the next year, the issue on its funding source must also be addressed. “The power of purse is vested in Congress. We will bow to the wisdom of Congress should they deem it fit to increase the budget for the vaccine, and of course, may pagkukuhanan po iyan (there will be a funding source for that),” he said during a Palace press briefing Thursday. “So we hope that Congress will at least confer with the Executive kung saan nila kukunin iyong pondo para itaas ang budget for the vaccine (on where the funds will be obtained to raise the budget for the vaccine),” he added. Nonetheless, Roque affirmed the administration’s resolve to ensure the country has adequate funds for the vaccine procurement once the life-saving drug becomes available.“We join Congress in our desire that we should have sufficient funds to pay for the vaccine, which according po to (Philippine) Ambassador (to China) Chito (Sta. Romana) is really forthcoming in the near future,” he said.The House of Representatives has reportedly introduced several amendments to its approved 2021 national budget, including a higher budget for the purchase of COVID vaccines to P8 billion.  In the original Palace-backed P4.5 trillion national budget proposal, at least P2.5 billion has been allocated for the COVID-19 vaccination program under the Department of Health’s budget. House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, who leads a small group in charge of amendments to the budget bill, said the additional P5.5 billion to augment the vaccine budget aims to ensure safe and effective vaccine will be available to Filipinos. “This is to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s program to strengthen the country’s health care system. We believe that vaccines play a very crucial role in keeping the population safe and healthy from the pandemic,” the Leyte lawmaker said.  On the part of the Senate, Senator Panfilo Lacson disclosed plans to increase funding for the coronavirus vaccine under the proposed 2021 national budget. Last week, the President said the government has the funds to buy the coronavirus vaccine once it is available but would need more money to vaccinate all Filipinos. Duterte earlier vowed to give priority to the poor, the police and military personnel in the distribution of free vaccines.  He said the country will buy the most affordable vaccine to be sold in the market given the government’s limited resources. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 22nd, 2020

PGH director is PH’s first Covid-19 vaccine recipient

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has given its first Covid-19 vaccine to Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Director Dr. Gerardo “Gap” Legaspi. Legaspi received the vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech on Monday at the PGH. PGH nurse Chareluck Santos administered the vaccine to Legaspi. Other government officials who were also inoculated with Sinovac’s vaccine, CoronaVac, […] The post PGH director is PH’s first Covid-19 vaccine recipient appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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No conditions set by China for access to vaccine

No conditions set by China for access to vaccine.....»»

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Poor, sick Filipinos to get free virus vaccines

President Duterte on Friday said that the anti-COVID 19 vaccines will be free and that poor and sick Filipinos will be the priority recipients. (Keith Bacongco/ MANILA BULLETI) In a taped public address,  Duterte said that COVID-19 vaccines will be free for Filipinos and that the priority recipients would be the ones who are receiving cash aid from the government and the sick people. He said that while some may take advantage of the free vaccine, he vowed to go after the people who will try to make a profit out of them. The Chief Executibe threatened to kill these profiteers. “Maraming palusot na nagpapabili, na humihingi ang the worst baka maghingi pa ng bayad. Mapatay talaga kita. T***, totoo (A lot may want to buy them, ask for them, or worst, sell it. I might kill you if you that, really),” he said. “Puntahan kita doon. Baka akala mo. Bababa ako dito, puntahan kita (You might think you’ll get off easily. I’ll go down there and hunt you down),” he added. Duterte  admired China for stating publicly that the Philippines will be one of the first countries to receive COVID-19 vaccines once they are complete. According to the President, once the country gets its hands on vaccines, it will be the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who will supervise while medical professionals and health care workers administer the vaccines. “This will remove partisan, favoritism; this will remove petty corruption… However you do it, I don’t care. I just want a unified monitoring pati supervising authority, and that is the military,” Duterte said. “I know what you should be doing. I do not have to tell you about it. Must be under the general supervision and monitoring of the military,” he added. In his promise to vaccinate every Filipino, Duterte said he may even allow members of the New People’s Army (NPA) to receive the vaccine if they behave. “We intend to vaccinate every Filipino for that matter. That’s quite a big number, actually. So in the provinces, gawin ko rin (I’ll also do it),” he said. “Yung mga NPA, pabakunahan ko ba (Should I vaccinate the NPA)? If you stop fighting for a while during the period, or until December because my soldiers would be busy monitoring, supervising, huwag lang ninyong galawin, puwede kayong sumali, pumila doon (you can queue up and get vaccinated),” he added. China, the origin of COVID-19, had earlier announced that the Philippines is a priority recipient of the COVID-19 vaccine it is developing after Duterte revealed in his fifth State -of -the- Nation Address (SONA) last Monday that he asked President Xi Jinping to let the Philippines one of the first countries to get the vaccine......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 1st, 2020

After Duterte plea, China says it will prioritize Philippines vaccine needs

Beijing gave its assurance after President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned in his fifth State of the Nation Address that he “made a plea” to Chinese President Xi Jinping to prioritize the Philippines when providing a COVID-19 vaccine......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 29th, 2020

China: PH a priority recipient of COVID-19 vaccine

China: PH a priority recipient of COVID-19 vaccine.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsJun 12th, 2020

 China to give PH priority access to potential COVID-19 vaccine

By GENALYN KABILING China has pledged to make its potential coronavirus vaccine a “global public good” and prioritize the Philippines to access it, owing to the close relations with their “friendly neighbor.” Chinese President Xi Jinping committed to President Duterte his country’s closer cooperation to combat the pandemic, including access to vaccines and a steady supply of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 12th, 2020

State of our nation

The recipient of the first legally administered vaccine against COVID-19 in the Philippines, Philippine General Hospital director Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, addressed graduates of UP Diliman Sunday and talked about the Filipino word “kanlungan.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 26th, 2021

1.15 million AstraZeneca doses arrive in Philippines

A total of 1,150,800 doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine landed in the Philippines on Friday onboard a China Airlines plane......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 16th, 2021

Hundreds of Thai medical workers infected despite Sinovac vaccinations

BANGKOK — Thailand’s health ministry said on Sunday more than 600 medical workers who received two doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine have been infected with COVID-19, as authorities weigh giving booster doses to raise immunity. Of the 677,348 medical personnel who received two doses of Sinovac, 618 became infected, health ministry data from April to July […] The post Hundreds of Thai medical workers infected despite Sinovac vaccinations appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2021

LGUs told to prioritize second vaccine dose

LGUs told to prioritize second vaccine dose.....»»

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LGUs asked to prioritize second vaccine dose

LGUs asked to prioritize second vaccine dose.....»»

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Reported deaths of inoculated Indonesian doctors won t heighten vax hesitancy — Palace

Malacañang on Monday expressed optimism that the reported deaths of Indonesian doctors who were fully inoculated with China-made pandemic jab Sinovac won't worsen vaccine hesitation in the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 28th, 2021

Mandaue City Vaccine Board not encouraging walk-in applicants

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — The Mandaue City Vaccine Board will not encourage walk-ins at the city’s vaccination centers. Subangdaku Barangay Captain Ernie Manatad, the city’s vaccine czar, said that Mandaue has been informing its residents that they are not allowing walk-ins at the city’s vaccination centers as they prioritize those who have already registered. Manatad, […] The post Mandaue City Vaccine Board not encouraging walk-in applicants appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2021

CHED calls to prioritize COVID-19 vaccination of students in limited in-person classes

CHED chairperson Prospero de Vera III said students are qualified to receive COVID-19 vaccine as they are already within 18 years of age......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 16th, 2021

DOH urges public not to lie about health conditions to get COVID-19 vaccine

In a briefing Friday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire asked the public to wait for their turns to be inoculated. She said Filipino will get their vaccine doses once the delivery of vaccines is stabilized......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 11th, 2021

Gov’t to focus on vaccination of 1,500 barangays classified as ‘centers of gravity’

The bulk of the country’s vaccine supplies will be primarily distributed to the 1,500 barangays tagged as “centers of gravity” of the coronavirus disease infections, National Task Force against COVID-19 Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said. “In response to President Duterte’s directive to prioritize areas with a spike in COVID-19 cases, […] The post Gov’t to focus on vaccination of 1,500 barangays classified as ‘centers of gravity’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 10th, 2021

1M more Sinovac jabs arriving June 6 — envoy to China

A million more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech will arrive in the Philippines on Sunday. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 5th, 2021

Kahit ano, huwag lang made in China vaccine

Ako ay kritiko ng Pangulong Duterte sa kanyang solid pro-China stance at appeasement policy tungkol sa West Philippine Sea. Ako ay kritiko ng Pangulong Duterte at kontra sa kanyang pro-China foreign policy na ipinaiiral ng kanyang pamahalaan. At lalong-lalo na, ako ay kritiko ng Pangulong Duterte at hayagang tinuligsa at tinutuligsa ang kanyang pagkiling at […] The post Kahit ano, huwag lang made in China vaccine appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 28th, 2021

Palace: Pfizer jabs from COVAX to go to poor Filipinos

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the chief executive’s directive is in compliance with the conditions set by the COVAX vaccine-sharing facility, which donated over 193,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 20th, 2021