Anaqua and ASU Co., Ltd. Announce Strategic Partnership

Long-term partnership to provide Anaqua intellectual property management systems migration and support for clients in Japan TOKYO, Dec. 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Anaqua, the leading provider of innovation and intellectual property management solutions, and ASU Co., Ltd. (ASU), one of the foremost companies in Japan providing support for IP management systems in Japan, today […]

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Nasdaq Survey Uncovers Portfolio Managers’ Top Data Infrastructure Challenges

Quantitative managers cite inadequate manpower as source of dissatisfaction; fundamental managers cite inability to quickly onboard and deploy data Processes managers are already or are considering outsourcing… NEW YORK, Dec. 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nasdaq, Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) today released results from a survey of portfolio managers across the U.S., revealing the top challenges […]

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WillScot Mobile Mini Acquires Regional Storage and Modular Services Assets in Northeast United States

PHOENIX, Dec. 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WillScot Mobile Mini Holdings Corp. (“WillScot Mobile Mini” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: WSC), a North American leader in modular space and portable storage solutions, today announced that it closed the acquisition of the rental assets of Hecht Trailers in New Jersey. The transaction was funded with cash on […]

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Teachers, staff of 2 QC schools in F2F classes fully vaxxed

All teachers and non-teaching personnel participating in the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes in Quezon City are fully vaccinated. Safety protocols must be strictly followed by Payatas B Annex Elementary School and Bagong Silangan Elementary School, two of 28 schools in the National Capital Region that joined the pilot implementation of physical classes on Monday, according to the city government. Payatas B Annex has 36 teachers and 224 students from Kinder to Grade 3 while 388 students and 55 teaching and non-teaching personnel are allowed in Bagong Silangan. “Ang…

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Ilocos Sur suspends S-PaSS requirement for travelers

The provincial government of Ilocos Sur has suspended the rule requiring the use of the Safe, Swift, and Smart Passage (S-PaSS), a travel management system for easier contact tracing purposes, for travelers. Dr. Trina Tabboga-Talaga, medical chief of the Ilocos Sur Provincial Hospital-Gabriela Silang, confirmed this on Monday as part of simplifying and easing travel protocols for fully vaccinated individuals. “Effective today, wala po munang S-PaSS and Ilocos Sur. Kailangan lang po vax card and ID. Dapat po fully vaxxed tayo. Salamat (Effective today, there shall be no S-PaSS in…

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Personal visits remain suspended in BuCor facilities

A prison official on Monday said they will wait for the findings of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) before deciding on whether to allow face-to-face visits to persons deprived of liberty (PDLs). Speaking at the Laging Handa press briefing, Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) spokesperson and Assistant Secretary Gabriel Chaclag said of particular concern is the impact of Omicron, the latest variant of the coronavirus. “Sa ngayon po, sa guidance siguro ng IATF, doon tayo mag-base ng ating informed decision. Kung ano po ang…

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Bill on fixed terms for AFP execs gets final House nod

The House of Representatives on Monday approved on final reading a measure strengthening professionalism and promoting the continuity of policies and modernization initiatives within the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). With 184 affirmative votes, six negative votes, and no abstention, the chamber passed on third reading House Bill 10521, which will provide fixed terms for officials holding senior positions and ranks in the AFP. It aims to professionalize the AFP by strengthening the merit system and to eliminate the “revolving door” accommodation promotions and create a new culture of…

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Ex-NPA leader urges public not to vote for Makabayan bloc bets

A former high-ranking leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) once deceived by its left-leaning group urged the public on Monday not to vote for party-list groups under the Makabayan bloc. In the virtual program Laban Kasama ang Bayan” of Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI), Ariane Jane Ramos, alias Marikit, former secretary of the NPA Guerrilla Front (GF) 55, Sub-Regional Committee 5 (SRC)-Southern Mindanao Regional Command (SMRC), said she believed that party-list groups under the Makabayan bloc cannot win in Southern Mindanao in the upcoming 2022 polls. “One process in…

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Marikina shoe bazaar seeks to help makers recover from pandemic

The city government of Marikina on Monday officially opened its Christmas Shoe Bazaar to help the local shoe industry recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro led the opening of the bazaar, which will run until January 15 at the Freedom Park, right in front of the City Hall. A total of 40 manufacturers composed of footwear and leather goods makers participated in the bazaar. The bazaar showcases quality, affordable, and durable shoes, bags, belts, and other products made by Marikina’s skilled craftsmen.…

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3 more GenSan public schools open limited F2F classes

Three more public schools here opened limited face-to-face classes on Monday and more are undergoing assessment for possible expansion in the coming weeks. Romelito Flores, Department of Education (DepEd) city division superintendent, said the three schools are situated in two barangays – San Jose and Olympog – that have posted low incidence of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases since last year. These are the Klolang Elementary School and Datu Balunto High School in San Jose and Balakayo Elementary School in Olympog. “We now have four public schools that have limited…

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DOH still locating 8 travelers from South Africa

A health official on Monday said the Department of Health (DOH) continues with its contact tracing efforts to locate eight more travelers from South Africa. During an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the eight unlocated travelers are among the 253 individuals who arrived in the country between Nov. 15 and 29. “Of the 253 [travelers], 80 have been verified and located. Seventy-seven of these are returning overseas Filipinos and three are foreign nationals from Region 6, verified but have not been located yet,” she added. Vergeire…

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Population protection vs. Covid in sight for Bacolod City

The Emergency Operations Center-Task Force (EOC-TF) here is looking at achieving population protection against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) by the end of the year. As of December 5, some 84 percent of Bacolod residents have already received at least a single dose of the vaccine while 66 percent is already fully-vaccinated, data of the Department of Health (DOH) showed. Dr. Chris Sorongon, EOC-TF medical and data analysis deputy, said in a statement on Monday that considering the data, the city would be able to reach herd immunity before Christmas or…

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Iloilo City regulates fireworks, pyrotechnic devices

The local government here on Monday issued an order regulating the sale, distribution, manufacture, and use of fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices in the city this holiday season. “In anticipation of holiday celebrations, it is expected that as part of Filipino traditions, the use of fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices would most likely be conducted,” Executive Order 145 signed by Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas on December 6 said. The order has allowed the display and selling of fireworks and other pyrotechnics devices in designated display zones from Dec. 18…

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New BFP law to modernize firefighting capabilities: Go

A senator on Monday said the new fire protection law that seeks to efficiently and effectively address fire-related accidents by modernizing the country’s firefighting capability will benefit the communities. In a statement, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, vice chair of the Senate committee on finance, said the enactment of Republic Act 11589 or the “BFP Modernization Act of 2021” that he authored and co-sponsored at the Senate, is expected to transform the bureau into a world-class institution through the implementation of a modernization program. His remarks came as his team…

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Cebu City eyes ‘vax at home’ for PWDs

Mayor Michael Rama on Monday said the city will bolster inoculation efforts for persons with disabilities (PWD) before the distribution of their financial assistance, in a bid to protect the sector against severe coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infection. In a press briefing, he said the city will implement the “Vaccination at Your Home” program for PWDs, a strategy that will bring vaccinators right at the doorsteps of the families with differently-abled members who are eligible for the cash assistance. “The releasing of their (PWDs) financial aid will depend on whether…

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Sacrifices of a public servant ‘worth it’: Tugade

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on Monday promised to continue his commitment to deliver infrastructure projects necessary to spur the country’s development as he shared the challenges he faced as transportation chief. In a statement, Tugade said being a public servant was “a thankless endeavor, with too much expectation and too little appreciation”. He expressed how they were expected to be “superhuman,” capable of doing “so much with so little effort”. “Ang hindi nila alam, marami ang pagod, nalulungkot, nagsasakripisyo dahil sa kawalan ng oras sa sarili at pamilya, ngunit hindi…

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Troops turn over to family retrieved remains of NPA ‘amazon’

The Army’s 97th Infantry Battalion (IB) turned over Sunday night the remains of a female communist rebel, who was seriously wounded in a clash and abandoned to die by her comrades in the hinterlands of Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte. “We brought the remains of the New People’s Army (NPA) rebel fatality to the family last night in Purok Kalingayan, Barangay Caluma, Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur,” Lt. Col. Nolasco Coderos Jr., the 97IB commander, said Monday in a phone interview. Army troopers, together with the police and village officials, retrieved…

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Don’t doubt my intention to withdraw, Go appeals

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go is appealing to supporters and critics alike not to doubt his intention to withdraw from the 2022 presidential race, insisting that he would formally file his statement of withdrawal before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) at the right time. This, as he reminded his supporters not to hold “camp outs” and gatherings outside the Comelec office, Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, to convince him to pursue his 2022 bid. “Sa aming mga supporters, nakikiusap ako na sana ay maintindihan ninyo ang aking desisyon. Huwag na po…

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Start of limited F2F classes in NCR ‘went smoothly’: DepEd

An education official on Monday said the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face (F2F) classes in 28 public schools in the National Capital Region (NCR) “went smoothly”. In a Laging Handa public briefing, Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said the 28 public schools in Metro Manila are part of the additional 174 schools given go signal by the Office of the President to conduct pilot in-person classes nationwide. “Napakahalaga nitong sa NCR dahil alam naman natin na iyong character ng NCR (NCR is very important because we know the…

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DA provides P157-M aid to MisOr ‘food heroes’

The Department of Agriculture (DA) provided PHP157 million worth of various agricultural interventions to the province of Misamis Oriental on Monday. Agriculture Secretary William Dar and members of the DA-Regional Field Office 10 led the activity, which forms part of the support of the national government to food heroes — the farmers and other workers who continued with their agricultural activities despite the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic. “The holistic strategy, which seeks to transform agriculture in local government units (LGUs), serves as the framework of the DA in attaining…

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House OKs mandatory SIM card registration

The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the measure requiring the registration of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards. With 181 affirmative votes, six negative votes, and no abstention, the chamber passed House Bill No. 5793 or the “SIM Card Registration Act”, which aims to help law enforcement agencies in tracking down lawless criminals who use mobile phones with postpaid and prepaid SIM cards to pursue nefarious activities, such as kidnapping for ransom and petty crimes like theft. Under the bill, every public telecommunication entity (PTE)…

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16 more Pangasinan barangays declared drug-cleared

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has declared 16 barangays from the towns of Umingan, Sual, and San Fabian, and this city as drug-cleared following a series of evaluations and monitoring. In a phone interview on Monday, PDEA Pangasinan provincial officer Rechie Camacho said Pangasinan now has 1,065 drug-cleared barangays out of the 1,272 drug-affected barangays in the province. “Hopefully, we would be able to clear the entire province before the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration as we only have 14 percent left,” he said. The barangays underwent rigorous…

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DTI urged to finish list of investment perks for industries

The chairperson of the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday urged the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to complete the Strategic Investment Priorities Plan (SIPP) mandated under the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act before March 2022, the first anniversary of the measure. During the committee meeting, Albay Representative Joey Salceda said that as a result of not having the SIPP finished, industries are still unsure about the tax incentives they will receive in the country. The SIPP is the list of industries that are…

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PSEi rises, peso ends sideways ahead of inflation data

The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) ended in the positive territory while the peso slightly shed against the US dollar on Monday’s trading. The local stock market gained 75.55 points, or 1.07 percent, to 7,130.74. All shares also increased by 26.64 points, or 0.58 percent, to 1,585.13. All counters finished this trading with increments except for the Mining and Oil index whose shares declined by 123.06 points, or 1.31 percent, to 9,238.97. Leading the gains is Industrial, which shares went up by 76.18 points to 10,383.23. This is followed by…

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Office demand higher than expected on strong fundamentals: study

Philippine office demand surged in the last quarter of the year registering year-to-date at 539,000 square meters (sqm), or already 38 percent higher than the 2020 figure of 389,000 sqm, supported by strong fundamentals, according to the latest study by Leechiu Property Consultants (LPC). Take-up at year-end will surpass projections despite the peaks and dips in demand that characterized the 2021 office arena, it said. LPC chief executive officer David Leechiu said office demand levels driven by sustained take-ups from information technology-business process management (IT-BPMs) firms would have been higher…

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PhilSys registration for 5-15 years old needs LGU nod

Registration of residents aged 5 to 15 years old to the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) is subject to local ordinances, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in Sarangani. Without an ordinance or express approval from local government units, registration centers will cater only to those 16 years old and above, the PhilSys-Sarangani said in a recent social media post. Sarangani, however, has already gotten the go-signal to accept registrants aged 5 and above for the Philippine Identification (PhilID) card or the national ID. “Good day Sarangans and Generals! The…

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Angeles City bans face-to-face holiday parties

The city government here has issued an order disallowing the holding of face-to-face parties this Christmas season among individuals not staying in the same dwelling. Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr., in his executive order (EO) issued on Monday, said the move is a measure to prevent the possible entry of the Omicron variant of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) that has been detected in some countries. “Ginagawa lamang po natin ang mga necessary safety measures bilang pag-iingat po sa ating mga kababayan, lalo na po ngayon na mayroon na namang bagong variant…

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E-raffle to determine party-list order in ballots

A total of 164 party-list groups will participate in an electronic raffle on Dec. 10 to determine the order of their listing on the official ballot for the May 2022 polls. The e-raffle will be held at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Session Hall on the eighth floor of the Palacio del Gobernador building in Intramuros, Manila at 10 a.m. Data showed registration of 152 organizations have been approved while 12 are pending. A total of 107 groups were also denied and their motions for reconsideration turned down, including 1-Abante…

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567 nabbed, P3-M illegal drugs seized in C. Luzon

A total of 567 persons who committed various offenses were arrested and some PHP3 million worth of illegal drugs were seized in a weeklong anti-crime drive in Region 3 (Central Luzon). Brig. Gen. Matthew Baccay, director of the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3), said on Monday the anti-criminality operations from November 29 to December 6 are part of their continuing efforts to maintain the peace the order situation in the region. Baccay said of the 567 arrested individuals, 122 have standing warrants of arrests for murder, rape, or frustrated murder;…

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Nearly 1.5M gov’t-procured Moderna vaccines arrive

The National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF) on Monday urged those unvaccinated to get their Covid-19 jabs as the country received a total of 1,497,200 doses of government-procured Moderna vaccine. “Tayo po ay muling nanawagan sa ating mga kababayan, lalo na po ngayon na meron threat ng Omicron variant, na magpabakuna na kayo. Meron na po tayong steady supply ng vaccine (We would like to appeal again to our countrymen to get vaccinated, especially now that there is looming threat of Omicron variant. We have now steady supply of vaccine),”…

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Legazpi hospital braces for possible entry of Omicron variant

The Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) in this city has expanded up to 250 its bed capacity as it braces for a possible surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections that could be triggered by the new variant Omicron. “We are ready just in case the Covid-19 cases would again spike due to the discovery of Omicron variant that is more infectious than the previous ones,” said Dr. Eric Raborar, BRTTH hospital chief, in an interview on Monday. He also commended the efforts of several local government units…

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Former inmates return to QC jail for Covid-19 vax 2nd dose

Some former Quezon City Jail inmates returned to the facility recently, not for committing crimes again but for their second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. The “Ligtas Lahat” (everyone protected) activity was spearheaded by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) infrastructure arm San Miguel Holdings Corp., Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) – QC, and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. The SMC bakuna (vaccination) bus was utilized to bring the medical teams and second doses of AstraZeneca vaccines. The vaccination was conducted at the prison chapel and courtyard by SMC Foundation…

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DTI financing arm expands loan program for MSMEs

Small Business Corporation (SBCorp), the financing arm of the Department of Trade and Industy (DTI), has expanded its Sustaining Trade and Access to Primary Food and Link to Enterprises (STAPLES) program. Under STAPLES, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies can have access to collateral and interest-free loans from SBCorp for their working capital requirements. SBCorp, led by executive vice president and chief operating officer, Santiago Lim, recently signed a memorandum of agreement with officials of partner firm Alaska Milk Corp. “This partnership with…

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Antique school opens F2F classes for 88 tech-voc students

The biggest secondary school in the province of Antique started on Monday the limited face-to-face classes for senior high school taking up Technical-Vocational Livelihood (TVL). Antique National School (ANS) principal, Roger Jomolo, said in an interview that 88 out of 500 senior high school students taking up TVL track such as bread and pastry, cookery, and Electrical Installation and Maintenance have returned to school. “We have 88 students who have been vaccinated and who are now attending face-to-face classes,” he said. Eight teachers handling the classes are also fully inoculated…

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Negrenses told to stay alert vs. Covid after ex-official’s death

Local government officials in Negros Occidental are mourning the death of former provincial board member David Lacson after a battle with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, in a statement Monday, said the sudden demise of Lacson last week came as a shock to everyone. “Just when the numbers of Covid-19 cases are decreasing, we hear this sad news. This again is a reminder to everyone to remain vigilant in protecting ourselves against Covid-19,” he added. Lacson, 46, served as a board member of the Third District from…

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Pandemic adds financial needs of $1.7T for developing countries

The Covid-19 pandemic has created an additional need of USD1.7 trillion for developing countries, said Haoliang Xu, the assistant secretary-general of the United Nations. In a video message at the 12th Bosphorus Summit in Istanbul, Xu, who is also the director of Bureau for Policy and Program Support, stressed the world is experiencing severe economic downturns due to the pandemic. He noted that global financial assets have reached USD317 trillion, the highest level ever, and while 80 percent of assets are held in advanced economies, only 1.1 percent of this…

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BP2 recipient looks at e-commerce biz upon return to La Union

A beneficiary of the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa” (BP2) program on Monday looks at pursuing an e-commerce business upon her return to La Union province. Diane Carol Elumba, 36, was one of the thriving entrepreneurs hit hard by the shutdown of malls and major retailers across the country in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak last year. “Nabaon kami sa utang kasi yung mga pang-puhunan ng mga gamit. Kasi nagba-bazaar kami, nagtitinda kami ng Hungarian (sausage), fruit juices. Tapos biglang nag-impose ng lockdown. Kaya yung weekly na kinikita…

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Helsinn Achieves Carbon Neutrality

Helsinn Achieves Carbon Neutrality Lugano, Switzerland, December 6, 2021 – Helsinn Group (“Helsinn”), a fully integrated, global biopharma company with a diversified pipeline of innovative oncology assets and strong track-record of commercial execution, today announces that it has achieved carbon neutrality for the first time. Since 2012, Helsinn has been committed to becoming more sustainable. […]

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Wood Mackenzie Appoints Elena Belletti as Head of Carbon Research

Joins from United Nations to lead growing carbon team Elena Belletti, Head of Carbon Research, Wood Mackenzie, a Verisk business LONDON/HOUSTON/SINGAPORE, Dec. 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wood Mackenzie, a Verisk business (Nasdaq:VRSK), has appointed Elena Belletti as Head of Carbon Research within the company’s Energy Transition Practice. Based in Madrid, Elena joins from the […]

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Junshi Biosciences Announces FDA Expanded Emergency Use Authorization for Etesevimab and Bamlanivimab Administered Together to Include Individuals under the Age of 12

First and only neutralizing antibody therapy for this age group SHANGHAI, China, Dec. 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Junshi Biosciences (HKEX: 1877; SSE: 688180), a leading innovation-driven biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel therapies, announced today that the United States Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”) has expanded the emergency […]

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