Madison Realty Capital Raises More Than $2 Billion For Madison Realty Capital Debt Fund V

NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Madison Realty Capital (“Madison”) today announced the final close of Madison Realty Capital Debt Fund V LP (“Fund V”), raising $2.08 billion in equity commitments, exceeding the fund’s $1.75 billion target. Fund V received significant support from existing investors as approximately 70% of the institutional LPs in […]

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EdifyOnline and MIT World Peace University (MIT-WPU) Announce Exclusive Collaboration

Multi-Year Contract With MIT-WPU BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EdifyOnline, an education technology company, announced today that it has signed a multi-year contract with MIT-WPU (Dr. Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University, India), with the sole objective to collaborate and build a virtual center of scientific and educational research focused to meet […]

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Following EFSA Ban of Food Additive Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), Blue California Launches Clean-label Food Grade Whitening Agents as Alternatives

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Jan. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Following food authority EFSA’s ban of food additive titanium dioxide (TiO2), Blue California, the producer of natural science-based ingredients, launched novel food-grade whitening agents as a clean-label alternative to replacing potential health risk white colorant titanium dioxide. “Brands that seek to replace the titanium dioxide […]

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FDA Pre-Submission Filed for Cardio inCode-SCORE

Commencement of regulatory pathway for U.S. market approval Featured Image for GENinCode Plc OXFORD, England, Jan. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GENinCode Plc (AIM: GENI), the predictive genetics company focused on the prevention of cardiovascular disease, announces the filing of its Pre-Submission for Cardio inCode-SCORE with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Cardio inCode-SCORE is […]

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Zoom Becomes the First Video Communications Client to Attain Common Criteria Certification

Issued by the German Federal Office for Information Security, the Certification Reinforces Zoom’s Commitment to Security SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) today announced that Zoom Meeting Client version 5.6.6 has become the first video communications client to attain certification for Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level […]

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Zoom เป็นไคลเอนต์การสื่อสารผ่านวิดีโอรายแรกที่ได้รับการรับรองเกณฑ์มาตรฐานสากล (Common Criteria)

ซึ่งออกโดยสำนักงานความปลอดภัยข้อมูลกลางของเยอรมัน (German Federal Office for Information Security) ใบรับรองดังกล่าวเน้นย้ำถึงความมุ่งมั่นในการรักษาความปลอดภัยของ Zoom เมืองซานโฮเซ่, รัฐแคลิฟอร์เนีย, Jan. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) ประกาศในวันนี้ว่า Zoom Meeting Client เวอร์ชัน 5.6.6 ได้กลายเป็นไคลเอนต์การสื่อสารผ่านวิดีโอรายแรกที่ได้รับใบรับรองเกณฑ์มาตรฐานสากลโดยมีการรับรองการประเมินที่ระดับ 2 (Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 2) (เวอร์ชัน 3.1 ฉบับแก้ไข 5) ที่ออกโดยสำนักงานความปลอดภัยข้อมูลกลางของเยอรมัน (Federal Office for Information Security หรือ BSI) Common Criteria เป็นมาตรฐานสากลสำหรับการประเมินอย่างเป็นกลางว่าผลิตภัณฑ์ไอทีเป็นไปตามชุดข้อกำหนดด้านความปลอดภัยที่กำหนดไว้ การประเมินนี้จะดำเนินการในส่วนของการวิเคราะห์ชุดเป้าหมายด้านความปลอดภัยที่เฉพาะเจาะจง รวมถึงเอกสารคำแนะนำ การออกแบบเชิงสถาปัตยกรรม แง่มุมเกี่ยวกับวงจรชีวิต การทดสอบและการประเมินภาวะเสี่ยง […]

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Gov’t sticks to ‘targeted testing’ to control spread of Covid-19

Instead of mass testing, targeted testing or responsible testing should be carried out to control the spread of Covid-19 while ensuring that government resources are not depleted, Malacañang said on Tuesday. Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, dismissed calls for mass testing, stressing the need for government to be “smart” in terms of spending for the country’s Covid-19 response. “Responsible testing po yung ginagawa natin kasi (We are conducting responsible testing because) we have to be mindful na hindi unlimited po ang resources ng pamahalaan at ng Pilipinas (that…

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126K Ilocos residents get booster doses

Some 126,412 residents in the Ilocos Region have been inoculated with the booster doses of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine as of January 9. In a phone interview on Tuesday, Department of Health Center for Health Development in Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD -1) Covid-19 focal person, Dr. Rheuel Bobis, said the number is among the 2.8 million fully vaccinated individuals in the region. Bobis said some 3.2 million residents in the region have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. In Pangasinan, 1.65 million of its 2.98 million target…

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Gov’t should remain fully operational despite rise in infections

Despite soaring Covid-19 infections among government workers, the national government should remain fully operational to ensure the effective delivery of public service, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday. Duterte made the remark amid an uptick in Covid-19 cases among government personnel, including healthcare workers in public hospitals and members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG). “Alam mo, kung bawalan tayo tapos lahat sa gobyerno kasi opisina ‘yan. Opisina por opisina por opisina. So kung may asymptomatic diyan talagang mahahawa. Ngayon if bawalan mo lahat magtrabaho (You know, if we are…

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43 Omicron variant cases detected

The Philippines has detected a total of 43 Omicron variant cases of the coronavirus, mostly from international travelers. Of the total cases, 35 are asymptomatic, seven are symptomatic and the remaining one unknown. “These are the 21 local cases and then 22 came from international travelers and these were all collected between December 2 to 30, 2021,” said Philippine Genome Center (PGC) Executive Director, Dr. Cynthia Saloma, during a televised public briefing Tuesday. Citing the results of genomic sequencing last December 2021, Saloma noted that the highly transmissible Delta variant…

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Have kids with mild symptoms checked by doc: health expert

Children experiencing cough, colds and fever, also the symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019, should get checked by a physician for better evaluation, an infectious diseases expert advised parents on Tuesday. Department of Health (DOH) Technical Advisory Group member Dr. Ana Ong-Lim said this flu season, it is difficult to identify whether these symptoms are caused by Covid-19. “Pinakamaganda pa rin na magkaroon tayo ng teleconsult o kaya kumusulta sa doctor para mai-evaluate, kung iyan ba ay pwedeng ipagpahinga na lang or kailangan pang mag-work up para malaman kung ito nga…

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Priest killed in Leyte post-typhoon road clearing

An elderly priest was killed on Monday when hit by a falling coconut tree during a post-typhoon roadside clearing operation in Matalom, Leyte. Police identified the victim as Rizacion Ybañez, 63, priest of the Philippine Independent Catholic Church, and resident of Sta. Fe village in Matalom town. Matalom police station investigator, Staff Sgt. David Santiago, Jr., said in a phone interview Tuesday that the victim was driving a single motorcycle when asked to stop for a few minutes since someone was cutting a coconut tree partially damaged by Typhoon Odette.…

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US surgeons make history with pig heart transplant into man

US surgeons made medical history by transplanting a pig heart into a human and the patient has survived three days so far, doctors said Monday. The transplant, conducted at the University of Maryland Medical Center, was a desperate highly-experimental operation agreed to by recipient David Bennett, 57, because he was dying and there was no other choice available, Bennett’s son told the Associated Press. “It was either die or do this transplant,” Bennett said in a statement the day prior to the operation. “I want to live. I know it’s…

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Economist sees further rise of FDIs to PH

An economist forecasts sustained improvement of foreign direct investments (FDIs) to the Philippines as economic and credit fundamentals gain ground, even amid the rise in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Monday reported the 98 percent year-on-year rise of net FDIs in October 2021 to USD855 million, the fifth consecutive month of increase, bringing to USD8.1 billion the net FDI inflows in the first 10 months of last year. “Thus, FDIs remain one of the bright spots for the Philippine economy, in view of…

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BRP Ang Pangulo provides medical aid to typhoon victims

The BRP Ang Pangulo (ACS-25), the presidential yacht which has been repurposed into a floating hospital shortly after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette last month, has so far provided medical aid to 842 patients in Siargao and the Dinagat Islands. Speaking to President Rodrigo Duterte during the Talk to the People Monday night, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Ricardo Jalad said the medical team onboard the ship has also provided psychosocial first aid to persons severely affected or disturbed by the typhoon. “Ito ay nagsisilbi…

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PhilHealth vows to settle P25.4-B of hospital claims

Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president Dante Gierran on Tuesday assured that the current in-process claims amounting to PHP25.45 billion would be paid within six months to private hospitals. Gierran made the assurance during a virtual meeting of the House Committee on Health on the latest developments regarding the agency’s reimbursements and payments to hospitals based on its various circulars related to coronavirus disease (Covid-19) benefits package claims. He said the payment shall be made through the Debit-Credit Payment Method (DCPM), which was adopted by PhilHealth to facilitate the settlement…

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60% fewer hospitalizations in NCR due to high vaccination rate

People infected with Covid-19 in the National Capital Region (NCR) are 60 percent less likely to be hospitalized compared to those in other areas due to the high vaccination rate in the region, a health official said Tuesday. In an online media briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire noted that Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila surged during the holidays but most of them were not hospitalized. Vergeire said decoupling is being observed in the NCR – a situation where an increase in infections does not translate to the same increase…

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Globe temporarily shuts down stores due to rising Covid-19 cases

Telecommunications provider Globe Telecom Inc. (Globe) on Tuesday announced the temporary closure of several stores amid the increasing cases of Covid-19 in the National Capital Region (NCR), nearby provinces, and other major metropolitan areas. In a service advisory, Globe said some stores would remain open to handle “important transactions” such as plan application, upgrade, renewal, reactivation, device pick-up, change of ownership, change SIM, device return and replacement, bills payments, GCash cash-ins, and prepaid products. “This move is done to also ensure the safety of customers and store personnel,” Globe said.…

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IATF-EID urged to hold new round of Covid-19 vaccination

A lawmaker is urging the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to roll out a new round of vaccination drive to protect Filipinos against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and its highly transmissible Omicron variant. In a statement on Monday night, Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. said the government’s pandemic response task force should consider giving additional two doses, considering that some countries are already administering the fourth dose on their population to increase their level of protection. Barzaga particularly noted the case of Israel wherein…

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Manage mild symptoms at home to decongest hospitals: mayor

The city government of Manila will strictly allot its six district hospitals for patients with severe to critical symptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and those with comorbidities. Mild to moderate infections may be dealt with at home if there is proper space for isolation. As of noon on Tuesday, the Covid-19 beds of Manila’s six hospitals are 42 percent occupied. A total of 206 beds out of 494 are in use at the Ospital ng Maynila, Ospital ng Sampaloc, Jose Abad Santos General Hospital, Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial…

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Infected Manila HCWs slow down vaccination, test results

The rising number of infected medical front-liners and health care workers (HCWs) in the city of Manila is causing delays in the vaccination program as well as the release of reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results. Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said during his live broadcast over Facebook on Monday night that several doctors, nurses, and laboratory personnel are confirmed to be infected and reinfected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Doctors and nurses deployed in vaccination sites were asked to return to their mother units and facilities…

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Boy hurt in Mindanao bus bombing dies in hospital

The five-year-old boy injured in the bombing of a passenger bus here on Tuesday morning expired while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Cotabato City. “My boy died due to multiple shrapnel wounds in different parts of his body,” his father, Haron Solaiman, who was also injured in his left leg during the blast, said in the vernacular in a radio interview. The child was with his two siblings, aged 5 months old and three years old, while traveling with their father from Kabacan to Cotabato City when an improvised…

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Mabalacat to launch Covid-19 home care system

The city government here will roll out its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) home care system to manage residents with mild symptoms. Mabalacat City Covid-19 Response Integrated System (CRIS) czar Dr. Jose Antonio Rivera said in a radio interview on Tuesday the approach aims to extend the city’s health management programs for infected residents within the safety of their own homes. Rivera added the system is to prevent medical and quarantine facilities in the city from getting overwhelmed. The approach originally set to be implemented in the city in 2021 has…

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DILG chief contracts Covid-19 for 3rd time

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año confirmed on Tuesday that he has contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) for the third time. Año’s test results were released on Monday after many of his close contacts also tested positive for the virus. “Thankfully, I remain asymptomatic as of now. I will continue to work while isolating. I encourage everyone to get vaccinated and booster-ed as soon as possible, and to continue following health protocols,” Año said in a message sent to the Philippine News Agency (PNA). He gave his report virtually to President…

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DOH targets 1.9M Ilocos children, teens for deworming activity

The Department of Health Center for Health Development in the Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD-1) targets to involve some 1.9 million children and teens aged one to 19 years old in the region in the National Deworming Month this January. In a phone interview on Tuesday, DOH-CHD-1 medical officer Dr. Rheuel Bobis said the deworming activity will be community-based as the school-based approach is still not available due to the ongoing pandemic. In coordination with the barangay health workers, Bobis said, the health care workers will go to the target individuals to…

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Vax program benefit on economy amid Covid-19 surge cited

The government’s vaccination program against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is helping the economy amidst another surge of infections, an official of First Metro Investment Corporation (FMIC) said. In a virtual briefing on Tuesday, FMIC head of research Cristina Ulang said daily Covid-19 cases have reached around 33,000 but the economy remains open, with the movement restriction still at Alert Level 3 instead of Alert Level 4 as some sectors have suggested. “And that’s really the result of our vaccination rate of 50 percent. The economy is able to function,”…

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DOH, DTI set purchase limit on paracetamol, flu meds

The government has placed a limit on the number of certain types of medicines an individual or household can buy as the number of mild coronavirus cases isolating at home continues to rise. In a televised Palace briefing, Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have released a joint memorandum placing a purchase limit or cap for paracetamol, phenylephrine hydrochloride, carbocisteine, and chlorphenamine maleate paracetamol. Below is the reasonable purchase limit per household for such medicines…

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Nearly 42% of Baguio’s Covid-19 cases unvaxxed

Almost 42 percent of coronavirus infections logged here are unvaccinated, a health official said on Tuesday. Dr. Donnabel Tubera-Panes, chief of the City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (CESU), said Tuesday from March 2020 to December 2021, 41.39 percent of the 16,283 recorded cases were unvaccinated, including those who are not yet eligible for vaccination. Of the total cases, 32.99 percent of those who contracted the virus were fully vaccinated; 12.79 percent were partially vaccinated and less than 1 percent had availed of booster shots. Panes said more than 85 percent of…

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Zambo Peninsula remains Omicron variant-free: DOH-9

The Zamboanga Peninsula remains free from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health-Zamboanga Peninsula (DOH-9) reported Tuesday. “So far there is none (of the Omicron variant cases),” Dr. Joshua Brillantes, DOH-9 director, said. However, Brillantes said the local government units (LGUs) and hospital authorities should still be prepared to address any surge in Covid-19 cases amid the threat posed by the Omicron variant. Health experts said the Omicron variant, which was first found in South Africa on Nov. 24, 2021, is likely to spread…

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Unvaxxed individuals find hope in Sara’s support

Unvaccinated individuals on Tuesday found an ally in Mayor Sara Z. Duterte over a proposal to restrict them from entering the city and denying them certain government services. Earlier, Duterte announced that she was not keen on imposing restrictions for unvaccinated people in Davao City similar to those being implemented in Metro Manila following a surge of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases. “I am pro-vaccination and boosters. [But] in this case, I cannot agree with the exclusion or restriction of the unvaccinated because they were given the freedom to…

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Only health workers allowed shorter quarantines: Palace

Only healthcare workers employed in hospitals are allowed to have shorter quarantine and under “extreme circumstances”, Malacañang said on Tuesday. This, after some airline companies requested to shorten the quarantine and isolation protocols for flight crew. Based on Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) rules, Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, said healthcare workers are allowed to follow shorter quarantine and isolation protocols as determined by their respective hospitals’ Infection, Prevention, and Control Committee. “Ang binigyan lang ng pahintulot ng IATF na shorter quarantine…

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Albay restrictions on unvaxxed persons start Jan. 12

The provincial government of Albay would impose additional restrictions starting Wednesday on people who have yet to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Based on Governor Al Francis Bichara’s Executive Order No.1 signed on Monday, unvaccinated individuals are banned from indoor and al fresco dining, hotels, country clubs, leisure trips, and similar establishments and public transportation. The order also advised inoculated individuals to bring their vaccination cards at all times. “Unvaccinated individuals or authorized persons outside residence going to work must present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result taken…

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NCR on ‘severe’ Covid-19 outbreak: OCTA

The OCTA Research Group on Tuesday described the Covid-19 situation in the National Capital Region (NCR) a “severe outbreak”, with the average daily attack rate (ADAR) rising to 89.42 percent from January 4 to 10. In its latest report, the OCTA Research Group said NCR’s current ADAR is above the threshold for a severe outbreak which is greater than 75 per 100,000 individuals per day. The region’s ADAR for the week of Dec. 28, 2021 to Jan. 3, 2022 was only 12.71. Its recent seven-day positivity rate increased to 48…

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Gov’t sets sights on 90M full doses, 71M booster shots this year

More than 71.16 million adult Filipinos are expected to have received booster vaccine doses against Covid-19 by the end of the third quarter this year. They will come from the projected 90 million fully vaccinated Filipinos before the end of June. In his report during President Rodrigo Duterte’s Talk to the People aired late Monday night, National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. also enumerated the various challenges of the vaccination program. On top of the list is the rising infection rate among health care workers…

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168K doses of J&J jabs pad US donations to 3.4M

The Philippines received another shipment of United States-donated Covid-19 vaccines with the arrival of 168,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) jabs on Tuesday. Overall, 12,905,660 doses of the single-dose jab manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals have been donated to the country — 3,420,860 by the US government through the COVAX Facility and 9,484,800 from COVAX itself. Dr. Paz Corrales, National Task Force Against Covid-19 medical consultant, said the latest donation is another boost to help end the pandemic. “We thank the US government for donating the J&J vaccines through the…

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Unhampered vaccination despite upcoming polls assured

Malacañang on Tuesday assured that the country’s national vaccination drive will not be hampered despite the upcoming May 2022 national and local elections. This, after National Task Force against Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., expressed concern that the upcoming elections could have an impact on the daily vaccination output since local government units (LGUs) will be preoccupied as the election campaign kicks off next month. “Of course, what we in the national government will do is make sure that hindi maha-hamper ang aming trabaho (our…

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Unvaxxed persons compliant with ‘stay at home’ order: DILG

Unvaccinated individuals are generally compliant with the government’s directive to limit their movements to prevent further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said on Monday. “At present, we see that our countrymen are following the regulations,” Año said in Filipino in his virtual report to President Rodrigo R. Duterte during his Talk to the People briefing. The DILG chief, however, pointed out that arrests are only a last resort for stubborn and unruly unvaccinated individuals who refuse to go home. Under the Metropolitan Manila Development…

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FDA grants special permit for anti-Covid drug Bexovid

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted a compassionate special permit (CSP) for the Covid-19 treatment drug Bexovid, the first generic version of Pfizer’s Paxlovid. Bexovid may be used for individuals with mild to moderate symptoms of Covid-19 ages 12 years old and above. It can reduce risks of hospitalization and deaths by 88 to 89 percent when taken within three to five days from the onset of symptoms. “So, dahil ito po ay generic, ito po ay inaasahan na mas mura po ang cost of treatment compared to…

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6 of 48 MRT-3 passengers test positive for Covid-19

Six passengers who have gone through the random and voluntary antigen testing at select stations of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) have tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. In a Laging Handa briefing, MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael Capati said a total of 48 passengers have so far been tested during the 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the four participating MRT-3 stations—North Avenue, Cubao, Shaw Boulevard, and Taft Avenue. “Iyong peak hour natin sa umaga, we generated 48 samples po ano, volunteer—42 po ang negative at anim…

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Nearly 45K Baguio residents get booster doses

More fully vaccinated residents continue to avail themselves of extra protection against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) through booster shots. Citing the latest data on Tuesday, Dr. Celia Flor Brillantes, Assistant City Health Officer, said 2,169 booster doses administered on Monday raised the city’s total administered third shots to 44,953. The highest single-day number of administered booster doses was recorded on January 7 at 4,142, surpassing 3,951 doses on January 6. Aside from booster shots, 1,167 residents received their second dose on Monday, bringing the city’s full vaccination rate to…

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6 hurt in North Cotabato bus bomb blast

At least six persons were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off inside a traveling Mindanao Star Bus (MSB) in Barangay San Mateo here Tuesday. Col. Henry Villar, provincial police director, said investigators were still at the blast site conducting a post-blast investigation following the 8:10 a.m. explosion at the rear portion of the Cotabato City-bound bus. Initial reports showed six of the 20 passengers were taken to various hospitals in Midsayap, North Cotabato. Among the injured were minors. The police identified the injured victims as Masid Benjamin,…

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Legazpi vaccination rate now 110%

The vaccination rollout here has inoculated 161,699 individuals or about 110 percent of its 70 percent target population of 147,643. Of the 161,699 vaccinated, about 133,000 have complete doses. According to data from the Albay Provincial Health Office as of Tuesday, the city is the only one so far in the province that has exceeded its population protection target. In terms of target, Tiwi comes next at 85 percent, or 33,702 out of the 39,883, while in terms of persons vaccinated, Tabaco is second to Legazpi with 85,769 vaccinated out…

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NPA surrenderer sued for death of child

Authorities have filed charges against a former New People’s Army (NPA) rebel who was arrested after being tagged as the principal suspect in the killing of a seven-year-old girl in remote Barangay Mahongkog here last week. Major John Calinga, chief of Magpet police, identified Tuesday the captured suspect as Rogelio Villafuerte, 18, of Barangay Binay here. “The suspect was nabbed in their residence during a police follow-up operation an hour after the recovery of the victim’s lifeless victim on January 7”, he said in an interview by reporters here. Police…

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Covid-19 infects nearly 7K NCR health care workers

The National Capital Region (NCR) currently has 6,595 health care workers, all under quarantine because of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infection. Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary and treatment czar Leopoldo Vega said 7.2 percent of the 91,838 health care workers in NCR are in isolation. “So, ang ginagawa ngayon ng mga hospital lalung-lalo na sa mga bigger center ay nag-close sila ng ibang services para ma-redeploy sa mga areas na nangangailangan for Covid ng kanilang mga (What hospitals do now, especially the bigger centers, is they close other services to…

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3 nabbed, P61.2-M shabu seized in Taguig drug sting

Police officers and anti-narcotics agents have seized PHP61.2 million worth of shabu from three drug suspects in a buy-bust operation in Taguig City on Monday night. In a report, Brig. Gen. Remus Medina, chief of the Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG), said those arrested in the operation were Christian Ely Caliwag Desiderio, 19; Jericho Torres, 19; and John Andree Santos, 22, all residents of the city. The suspects yielded around nine kilos of shabu during the operation inside a subdivision in Barangay Sta. Ana at around 9:30 p.m.…

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4 W. Visayas provinces get new top cops

Four new provincial police directors formally assumed their post in Western Visayas following a turnover ceremony Monday afternoon as part of the preparations for the May 2022 national and local elections. Police Brig. Gen. Flynn E. Dongbo, Director of the Police Regional Office Western Visayas (PRO6), in his message said the reshuffle of commanders is implemented nationwide as directed by Philippine National Police chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos. Dongbo added that it is important to also put in place their preparations for the elections amid the Covid-19 pandemic. “We conduct this…

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NegOcc police reports lesser crimes in 2021

Crime volume in Negros Occidental decreased by 13.22 percent in 2021 compared to the crimes recorded in the previous year. Figures released by the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) on Tuesday showed 2,560 index and non-index crimes were reported last year, which is lower by 390 from the 2,950 crimes logged in 2020. In its report, the NOCPPO said the decrease in crime volume can be attributed to the various interventions carried out by the 31 city and municipal police stations in the province. “(These included) information dissemination in…

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Caloocan jail warden sacked as 6 inmates killed, 33 hurt in riot

The warden of the Caloocan City Jail has been relieved from his post following a riot that resulted in the death of six persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) and injury to 33 others, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) said on Tuesday. BJMP spokesperson, Jail Supt. Xavier Solda, said Jail Supt. Lloyd Gonzaga has been appointed as officer in charge (OIC) of the facility, replacing Jail Supt. Neil Subibi. The riot started at about 4 p.m. on Monday when two PDLs argued over an undisclosed issue, which resulted…

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