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FDA says COVID-19 vaccines could be available by March

VACCINES for COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) could be available in the country as early as March after President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s formal approval of its emergency use.

Nationwide round-up (12/03/20)

SUPPORTERS and families of political prisoners have asked Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta, who announced early this week his plan to retire early in March, to grant the “extraordinary legal remedy” for their release to help address congestion in jails amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

DoH against easing rules on minors

THE DEPARTMENT of Health is not in favor of easing quarantine rules for children below 15 years old, but will leave it up to local officials to take responsibility for setting and implementing guidelines should they decide to do otherwise.

Coronavirus cases almost 433,000; Ilocos Norte highest

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 1,298 coronavirus infections on Tuesday, bringing the total to 432,925.

Nationwide round-up (12/01/20)

CHIEF Justice Diosdado M. Peralta will be retiring on March 27, 2021, a year ahead of the mandatory retirement age, the Supreme Court (SC) confirmed on Tuesday.

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.

Malaria cases in West Pacific down by 43% since 2000, WHO...

MALARIA cases in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Western Pacific region, which includes the Philippines, declined by 43% to 1.7 million last year from the year 2000, according to estimates by the group.

Cash aid for Filipinos to buy food also becomes avenue for...

LEO ANGELO V. SACAYAN, a 41-year-old sea-faring sous-chef from Malabon City, got P15,600 in government aid after coming home at the start of the year amid a global coronavirus pandemic.

CTA cancels MCI’s P179-M tax assessment

THE COURT OF Tax Appeals has granted the petition of Marketing Convergence, Inc. (MCI) to cancel its tax assessment of P179.7 million for 2009.

Coronavirus infections nearing 430,000 — DoH

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

COVID-19 infections nearing 430,000

The Department of Health (DoH) reported 1,631 coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the total to 425,918. The death toll rose by 46 to 8,255, while...

Travel rules for Filipino kin eased further

Foreign spouses and children of Filipinos traveling with them will now be allowed to enter the country starting Dec. 7, according to an order...

Sanofi eyes 1.4B doses of coronavirus vaccines

SANOFI PASTEUR is seeking to produce as many as 1.4 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines by the end of next year as part of a plan to boost its manufacturing capacity to meet global demand, a company official said.

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.

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.

Nationwide round-up (11/24/20)

A SENATOR on Tuesday pushed for an inquiry into the operation of the Philippine International Trading Corp. (PITC) amid allegations of some P33.4 billion in “parked” funds.

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.

Nationwide round-up (11/23/20)

THE PHILIPPINE government may still expand the cap on the number of health workers allowed to leave for overseas jobs, currently set at 5,000 annually, according to a Labor official.

Tax appeals court affirms canceled taxes on Manila Medical Services

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) affirmed the cancellation of the alleged tax deficiency of Manila Medical Services, Inc. (Manila Doctors Hospital) for 2009 worth P127.6 million.

COVID-19 tally nears 420,000; 8,123 dead

THE DEPARTMENT of Health reported 1,968 coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing the country’s total to 418,818.

Duterte approves emergency use of coronavirus vaccines

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte would allow the emergency use of coronavirus vaccines, which would cut the approval process for drugs approved in countries where these were developed, his spokesman said on Thursday.

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.

Nationwide round-up (11/18/20)

A SENATOR on Wednesday pushed for the creation of an integrated water resource management agency that will oversee water-related operations to prevent a repeat of severe flooding such as those recently experienced in parts of Luzon.

SolGen threatened with contempt after seeking to oust judge

THE SUPREME Court has threatened to hold Solicitor General Jose C. Calida in contempt for seeking to oust a magistrate he had accused of bias in the election protest of losing vice presidential candidate Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.

Coronavirus deaths nearing 8,000 — DoH

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

Nationwide round-up (11/17/20)

AN additional P200 million has been proposed for inclusion in the 2021 budgets of the police and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to serve as quick response fund (QRF) during calamities.

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.

Nationwide round-up (11/16/20)

BUSINESS groups on Monday made an “urgent” call to improve the country’s disaster management system in the wake of the recent major floodings across Luzon triggered by a series of typhoons.

Court affirms P1.9-B tax ruling favoring Cebu Air

THE Court of Tax Appeals affirmed the cancellation of the alleged deficiency improperly accumulated earnings tax (IAET) of Cebu Air, Inc. for 2010 worth P1.87 billion.

DoH: 1,500 COVID-19 infections added to tally; deaths at 7,832

THE DEPARTMENT of Health reported 1,530 coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing the total to 407,838.

Regional Updates (11/15/20)

PHILIPPINE security forces have had their hands full on emergency preparations and response operations in the past weeks as several strong typhoons have affected various regions in the northern part of the country.

COVID-19 infections near 404,000

The Department of Health (DoH) reported 1,902 coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the total to 404,713. The death toll rose by 31 to 7,752, while...

COVID-19 infections nearing 403,000 as deaths hit 7,721

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 1,407 coronavirus infections on Thursday, bringing the total to 402,820.

Duterte says vaccines may be funded by loan

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday said the government might borrow $300 million to finance its vaccination program for the coronavirus, which has sickened more than 400,000 and killed almost 8,000 people in the Philippines.

Robredo rejects Marcos inhibition plea

VICE President Maria Leonor G. Robredo has opposed a plea by losing vice presidential candidate Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. and the Office of the Solicitor General for a magistrate to inhibit himself from his election protest due to alleged bias.

COVID-19 infections nearing 400,000; deaths reach 7,661

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 1,347 coronavirus infections on Tuesday, bringing the total to 399,749.

Tribunal warns parties in Marcos protest

THE PRESIDENTIAL Electoral Tribunal has warned parties in the poll protest of losing vice presidential candidate Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. not to discuss the case to the media.

Nationwide round-up (11/10/20)

THE four typhoons that hit the country since late October has cost the country about P38 billion in output losses, but Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua said on Tuesday this remains a “manageable” amount.

PHL employer healthcare costs seen rising 8.8% in 2021

THE cost of healthcare benefits borne by employers in the Philippines is expected to rise 8.8% in 2021 due to the pandemic, according to a survey of medical insurers conducted by Willis Towers Watson, an advisory, broking and solutions company.

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.

Marcos wants justice out of election case

LOSING vice presidential candidate Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. and the Office of the Solicitor General have asked Associate Justice Mario Victor F. Leonen to inhibit himself from his election protest, citing bias.

Regional Updates (11/09/20)

TROPICAL storm Ulysses could intensify into a typhoon before making landfall on Thursday in the area of Bicol Region and Quezon province, weather bureau PAGASA said in its forecast on Monday.

COVID-19 infections nearing 400,000 with 7,539 deaths — DoH

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 2,442 coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing the total to 396,395.

Law office, tour operator probed for Wirecard

GOVERNMENT agents are investigating a law office and tour operator for alleged links to German payment company Wirecard AG, whose collapse had been blamed on mismanagement, according to the Justice department.