UPDATES ON NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19)


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March 02, 2021 2:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH, NTF grateful to hospitals and vaccinees as PH inoculates 756 on first day of COVID-19 vaccine rollout
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout last 1 March 2021 marked a historic event as the government began its biggest vaccination drive in scale following the receipt of 600,000 donated CoronaVac doses. On the first day of the rollout, at least 756 frontline healthcare workers from six hospitals in Metro Manila received Sinovac’s CoronaVac, with Philippine General Hospital chief Dr. Gerardo Legaspi being first to be inoculated in the country...

March 02, 2021 7:30 AM

DOH issues Press Release: Sustained biosurveillance efforts detect 6 B.1.351 CASES, 30 B.1.1.7 cases, and 2 cases with mutations of interest
The Department of Health (DOH), the UP-Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC), and the UP-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) report the detection of six (6) B.1.351 variant (South Africa variant) cases, thirty (30) additional B.1.1.7 variant (UK variant) cases, and two (2) additional cases with mutations of interest among the 8th batch of 350 samples sequenced by the UP-PGC...

February 25, 2021 3:20 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH, NTF: Donated sinovac vaccines to arrive over the next few days, rollout schedule on hold pending NITAG recommendation on allocation
Following recent reports that the National COVID-19 Vaccination Program using COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese Government are set to begin on 1 March 2021, the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) jointly clarify that as of press time, specific details as to the allocation and subsequent rollout of the 600,000 donated SINOVAC doses are still being evaluated pending the official recommendation of the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) and its approval by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID)...

February 23, 2021

Interim National Immunization Technical Advisory Group for COVID-19 Vaccines Resolution No. 4

February 21, 2021 1:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: Strengthened biosurveillance detects 18 B.1.1.7 CASES, 3 samples with mutations
Following reports of a newly-detected variant of the SARS-CoV-2 spreading in the United Kingdom (UK), the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) resolved to recommend restrictions on inbound travel from the UK beginning 24 December until 31 December 2020. The measure also seeks to curb the anticipated increase in COVID-19 cases during the holiday season...

February 18, 2021 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: Biosurveillance detects SARS-COV-2 mutations; further investigation needed to determine public health implication
Following the enhanced genomic biosurveillance in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) and the University of the Philippines - Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC) today confirm the detection of SARS-CoV-2 mutations of potential clinical significance in samples sequenced last week from Central Visayas. The DOH and UP-PGC however emphasize that current available data are insufficient to conclude that the mutations found in the local samples will have significant public health implications..

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