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Coronavirus infections nearing 430,000 — DoH

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 2,076 coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing the total to 429,864.

The devil is in the data: balancing privacy and healthcare

By Patricia B. Mirasol Data is crucial in effective decision-making, especially when tackling healthcare issues such as the novel coronavirus. Getting individuals to participate in...

Business leaders see need to focus on reinforcing PHL healthcare system

THE coronavirus pandemic is prompting companies to prioritize big investments in the healthcare sector, in preparation for any future outbreaks.

Gov’t sets price cap on coronavirus swab tests

THE GOVERNMENT has issued an order setting a price ceiling on coronavirus swab tests to balance equity and consumers’ choice.

Plasma from recovered patients shows little benefit in those hospitalized with...

Using blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors to treat patients with severe pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus showed little benefit, according to data released...

Coronavirus cases nearing 422,000; 8,185 dead — DoH

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 1,118 coronavirus infections on Tuesday, bringing the total to 421,722.

Japan’s ramen bars struggle to stay open as COVID hammers small...

TOKYO — Sixty-year-old Yashiro Haga is folding his Tokyo noodle ramen shop after 15 years in December, unable to overcome the prospect of a...

Virus hits Philippines outlook most across Southeast Asia

Economists have slashed their 2020 outlook for the Philippines by more than any other Southeast Asian nation as it struggles with one of the...

Philippines in advanced talks with AstraZeneca for vaccine

The Philippines is close to concluding talks with Britain's AstraZeneca for the supply of at least 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, a...

Coronavirus cases top 420,000; DoH warns vs crowding

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 1,799 coronavirus infections on Monday, bringing the total to 420,614.

Philippine health care worker hopes COVID-19 vaccines will revive overseas job...

MANILA — Philippine health care worker Vince Umali received a blow when the coronavirus pandemic derailed his plan to work in Canada this year, but he hopes to revive his dream of an overseas job after breakthroughs in the race to develop COVID-19 vaccines.

Global dividends forecast to inch back from coronavirus cliff edge 

LONDON — Dividend payouts by the world’s biggest firms in 2020 will fall by 17.5%–20%, equivalent to some $263 billion, as a result of...

[B-SIDE Podcast] If it’s too good to be true, it probably...

https://open.spotify.com/episode/17vyqvinYiVaA9VI7GcpyN Follow us on Spotify BusinessWorld B-Side Fake COVID-19 cures and preventive measures are proliferating online, in chat groups and social media. Bananas, saltwater, and onions...

PHL recovery to lag Asia Pacific

ASIA-PACIFIC economies will likely lead the global recovery in 2021, with the Philippines viewed as a laggard due to the outsized impact of the coronavirus on the economy, according to Moody’s Analytics.

Tokyo raises coronavirus alert to highest level

TOKYO — The Japanese capital of Tokyo posted the highest coronavirus alert level on Thursday with its daily tally of new cases set for a record high of more than 500, and its governor warned of much worse unless action is taken.

‘In the DNA’: How social entrepreneurs are getting creative in pandemic

KUALA LUMPUR/NAIROBI — As COVID-19 forces businesses worldwide to reinvent themselves, social entrepreneurs are getting creative to help communities hit hard by the pandemic—from a Ugandan medicine-on-wheels service to upcycled face masks made by vulnerable women in Peru.

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine deliveries could start ‘before Christmas’

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech could secure emergency US and European authorization for their COVID-19 vaccine next month after final trial results showed it had a 95% success rate and no serious side effects, the drugmakers said on Wednesday.

Coronavirus deaths nearing 8,000 — DoH

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 1,148 coronavirus infections on Tuesday, bringing the total to 410,718.

How to plan successful e-conferences during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

Many professionals, including academics, are accustomed to flying a lot. Or they were before COVID-19 drastically reduced air travel and disrupted conference plans globally. For now, the mingling of many people in hotel conference rooms, flown in from many places, isn’t an option.

Travel restrictions challenge vaccine rollout, airlines warn

PARIS — Air cargo operators may struggle to distribute new COVID-19 vaccines effectively unless pandemic travel restrictions are eased, global airlines cautioned on Monday.

World should not be complacent after COVID-19 vaccine news — WHO

GENEVA — The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomed Moderna reporting on Monday that its experimental vaccine showed 94.5% efficacy but said that “many questions” remained and it was no time for complacency.

We can stop COVID-19: Moderna vaccine success gives world more hope 

Moderna Inc.’s experimental vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19 based on interim data from a late-stage trial, the company said on Monday, becoming...

Shot in the dark: Early COVID-19 vaccine efficacy explained

ZURICH — Moderna Inc. delivered the latest good news from COVID-19 vaccine developers, saying its experimental vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing the disease...

China finds coronavirus on frozen beef, tripe from various countries

BEIJING — The eastern Chinese city of Jinan said it has found the new coronavirus on beef and tripe, and on packaging for these products, from Brazil, New Zealand, and Bolivia as China ramps up testing on frozen foods.

Viber sees 208% growth in Community messages as brands create group...

Companies have been creating Viber Communities to communicate with their consumers over the pandemic. The messaging platform noted a 129% increase in community views...

Vaccine hesitancy may undermine fight against COVID-19, UK report says

LONDON — An 80% uptake of a COVID-19 vaccine may be needed to protect communities from the novel coronavirus, but volatile levels of misinformation and vaccine mistrust could undermine efforts to tackle the pandemic, British scientists said on Tuesday.

Brazil suspends Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine trial due to adverse event

SAO PAULO/BEIJING — Brazil’s health regulator has suspended a clinical trial for China’s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine citing a severe adverse event, surprising the trial...

Southeast Asia’s Internet economy on verge of a post-COVID boom

Southeast Asia’s sizzling-hot Internet economy cooled during the pandemic but spending online should bounce back rapidly and triple to more than $300 billion by...

Pfizer vaccine trial success signals breakthrough in pandemic battle

Pfizer Inc.’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective based on initial trial results, the drugmaker said on Monday, a major victory in...

Nissan plots digital course for car sales in a post-pandemic world

BEIJING — As COVID-19 threw a wrench into the cogs of car retailing, a senior Nissan board member challenged the chief operating officer to explain what the automaker was doing to adapt to a new era where customers may be reluctant to roam showrooms.

[B-SIDE Podcast] Are you okay? Treating the workforce as human beings,...

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4euaqNlS9zoBEj1PPgI6tw Follow us on Spotify BusinessWorld B-Side The eight-month lockdown, one of the longest in the world, has kept much of the country’s workforce at home....

L’Oreal turns to Google as coronavirus spurs virtual make-up shift

PARIS — Shoppers searching Google for cosmetics will be able to try them on virtually through a deal with L’Oreal, as the French group...

Fed keeps policy steady as Biden inches closer to victory

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve kept its loose monetary policy intact on Thursday and pledged again to do whatever it can in coming months...

Experts spar over ethical question: Should we be paid to get...

LONDON — A suggestion by an ethics professor at a leading UK university that governments should pay citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19 has...

China blocks travelers from virus-hit Philippines 

BEIJING — Mainland China has barred entry to non-Chinese visitors from Britain, Belgium, and the Philippines and demanded travelers from the United States, France, and Germany present results of additional health tests, as coronavirus cases rise around the world. 

COVID-19 widened the gap between Internet haves and have-nots, Filipinos among...

The COVID-19 pandemic has widened the gap between those who benefit from the Internet and those who don’t, according to “New Internet Users in a COVID-19 World,” a study released by Google’s Next Billion Users initiative team on November 5.

NYC first responders have high COVID-19 rates; public surfaces may hold...

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Bahrain latest country to vaccinate frontline workers with COVID-19 shot

DUBAI — Bahrain has started inoculating frontline workers with a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine, state news agency BNA said on Tuesday, the latest country to take the unusual step of granting emergency approval for a shot before finishing safety and efficacy tests.

Coronavirus pandemic pushes millennials to home ownership

MAE E. DIZON (not her real name), 24, bought a P2-million house and lot in Cavite province at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in June as an investment after getting a hefty performance bonus from her company.

T-cell study adds to debate over duration of COVID-19 immunity

LONDON — A small but key UK study has found that “cellular immunity” to the pandemic SARS-CoV-2 virus is present after six months in...

Royal Caribbean suspends cruises through year-end

Cruise operator Royal Caribbean Group said on Monday it would stop all its cruises through the end of the year, extending previous suspensions, as...

These are the airlines teetering on the brink of COVID ruin

Having a home government with deep—and open—pockets is emerging as key in terms of whether an airline will make it through the coronavirus pandemic.

Britain’s Prince William contracted COVID-19 in April — media

Britain’s Prince William contracted COVID-19 in April at a similar time to his father Prince Charles, British media reported late on Sunday, citing Kensington...

Guidelines for COVID-19 tests for airline passengers could set global bar...

MONTREAL/WASHINGTON — A global aviation manual now under review by a UN body suggests global guidelines calling for the use of highly reliable tests...

Britain starts accelerated review for AstraZeneca’s potential COVID-19 vaccine

AstraZeneca Plc said on Sunday Britain’s health regulator had started an accelerated review of its potential coronavirus vaccine.