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Duterte signs COVID vaccine emergency use

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed the executive order granting the emergency approval on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) medicines and vaccines.

Britain approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, 1st in the world

LONDON — Britain on Wednesday became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use and said that it will be rolled out from early next week.

COVID-19 vaccine FAQ: six things to look for in clinical trial...

As the second wave of COVID-19 escalates in Canada and around the world, pharmaceutical companies have been announcing vaccine trial results that promise to help ease restrictions and return us to pre-pandemic routines next year.

China gave experimental vaccine to Kim, says analyst

SEOUL — China has provided North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his family with an experimental coronavirus vaccine, a US analyst said on Tuesday, citing two unidentified Japanese intelligence sources.

The world developed vaccines for COVID-19 at record pace, can it...

Vaccines for the novel coronavirus are being developed at a record pace, as the world waits for a solution to an infectious disease that, as of writing, has taken more than 1.4 million lives. This focus has relegated other deadly infectious diseases to the backseat. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)-related deaths, for instance, reached 690,000 last year. There is still no vaccine for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Moderna files for US vaccine authorization, will seek EU nod

Moderna Inc. said on Monday it has applied for US emergency authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine after full results from a late-stage study showed it was 94.1% effective with no serious safety concerns.

25M people may get vaccinated next year

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) plans to vaccinate as many as 25 million people against the coronavirus next year, the agency’s chief said on Monday.

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...

Americans may get COVID-19 shots by mid-Dec.

US HEALTHCARE workers and others recommended for the nation’s first coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) inoculations could start getting shots within a day or two of regulatory consent next month, a top official of the government’s vaccine development effort said on Sunday.

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.

Moderna to charge gov’ts $25-$37 for COVID-19 vaccine — chief executive

FRANKFURT — Moderna will charge governments between $25 and $37 per dose of its coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine candidate, depending on the amount ordered, Chief Executive Stephane Bancel told German weekly Welt am Sonntag (WamS).

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.

Duterte asked to quicken vaccine approvals

THE HEALTH department asked President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday night to issue an order that will fast-track the approval process for coronavirus vaccines.

Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine induces quick immune response — study

SINGAPORE/BEIJING — Sinovac Biotech’s experimental coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine CoronaVac triggered a quick immune response but the level of antibodies produced was lower than in people who had recovered from the disease, preliminary trial results showed on Wednesday.

ADB to offer technical assistance for vaccine distribution effort

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) said it has a technical assistance fund of $20.3 million to help its member countries organize the distribution of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines once these are available sometime next year.

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...

Russia can make vaccine by January

RUSSIA could start producing coronavirus vaccines for the Philippines as early as January, according to the Philippine ambassador there.

J&J starts two-dose trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate

LONDON — Johnson & Johnson (J&J) launched a new large-scale late-stage trial on Monday to test a two-dose regimen of its experimental coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine and evaluate potential incremental benefits for the duration of protection with a second dose.

Russia says early data show Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine is 92%...

MOSCOW — Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 92% effective at protecting people from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) according to interim trial results, the country’s sovereign wealth fund said on Wednesday, as Moscow rushes to keep pace with Western drugmakers in the race for a shot.

Deep-freeze challenge makes Pfizer’s vaccine one for the rich

WHEN Pfizer, Inc. and BioNTech SE’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine rolls off production lines, Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group Co. will be waiting to distribute it through a complex and costly system of deep-freeze airport warehouses, refrigerated vehicles and inoculation points across China.

Senate committee adds vaccine, calamity funds to budget measure

THE Senate Finance Committee approved the chamber’s version of the P4.5-trillion 2021 budget bill with a hefty increase in vaccine funding, setting the stage for two weeks of deliberations with a target date of passage of Nov. 24.

Pfizer vaccine brings vision of relief even as pandemic rages on

SINCE the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak started, humanity has been playing from behind. Every time it seemed lockdowns and public-health measures were knocking infections down, the pandemic roared back soon after.

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...

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...

Philippines to vaccinate 25M citizens next year

THE PHILIPPINES will try to order 50 million coronavirus vaccine units for 25 million Filipinos next year, according to its vaccine czar.

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...

Delivery timetable of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has slipped, UK official says

LONDON — The timetable for delivery of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine candidate has slipped and Britain will receive just 4 million doses of the shot this year, the head of the UK’s vaccine procurement program said on Wednesday.

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.

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.

Israel to start COVID-19 vaccine human trials on Nov. 1

JERUSALEM — Israel will begin human trials for a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by a research institute overseen by the Defence Ministry on Nov....

US disease expert Fauci says vaccine verdict due by early December

LONDON — US infectious disease expert Anthony S. Fauci said on Sunday it would be clear whether a COVID-19 vaccine was safe and effective...

Gilead’s remdesivir gets US FDA approval for hospitalized COVID-19 patients

The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Gilead Sciences Inc.’s antiviral drug remdesivir for treating patients hospitalized with COVID-19, making it the...

World Bank signals readiness to fund PHL vaccine program

THE World Bank said it is ready to support the Philippine government with vaccine acquisition once an effective product becomes available.

Sinovac vaccine is safe, says Brazil

BEIJING/SAO PAULO — An experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech appeared to be safe in a late-stage clinical trial in Brazil, preliminary results showed on Monday.

Duterte wants all Filipinos vaccinated vs virus

THE PHILIPPINES has funds to buy coronavirus vaccines but it needs more so the entire population of more than 100 million could be inoculated, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Wednesday night.

China backs Indonesia to become vaccine hub of Southeast Asia

CHINA supports Jakarta’s efforts to become the center for vaccine production in Southeast Asia, Indonesia Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Pandjaitan said after meeting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Manila eyes manufacture of Russian vaccine

THE PHILIPPINES is considering making a Russian coronavirus vaccine for local consumption after talks between Trade officials and the outgoing Russian ambassador, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

China’s experimental coronavirus vaccine appears safe — study

A CHINESE experimental coronavirus vaccine being developed by the Institute of Medical Biology under the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences was shown to be safe in an early stage clinical trial, researchers said.

COVID-19 vaccine may be ready by year-end, says WHO’s Tedros

GENEVA — A vaccine against COVID-19 may be ready by year-end, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. WHO Director-General Tedros...

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine appears safe, shows signs of working in older...

CHICAGO — Results from an early safety study of Moderna Inc.’s coronavirus vaccine candidate in older adults showed that it produced virus-neutralizing antibodies at levels similar to those seen in younger adults, with side effects roughly on par with high-dose flu shots, researchers said on Tuesday.

Early COVID treatments could be ‘bridge’ to vaccine, Fauci Says

Monoclonal antibodies that stop the coronavirus from spreading in the body are among promising strategies for averting severe illness from COVID-19 before vaccines arrive, said Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Modi pledges to use India vaccine-production capacity to help ‘all humanity’

NEW YORK — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged at the United Nations (UN) on Saturday that his country’s vaccine production capacity would be...