Philippines to temporarily suspend use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for people below 60 years

Philippines to temporarily suspend use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for people below 60 years

By Associated Press MANILA: Philippine health officials have decided to temporarily suspend the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for people below 60 following reports of rare blood clots. The European Medicines Agency on Wednesday reported a possible link but did not recommend any age restrictions on using the drug in adults. The Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration said experts were reviewing information related to AstraZeneca’s side effects to come up with a recommendation on the vaccine’s use. ALSO READ | Australia halts AstraZeneca shots for under…

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Philippines spots hundreds of Chinese 'militia' boats near disputed reef

Philippines spots hundreds of Chinese 'militia' boats near disputed reef

By AFP MANILA: More than 200 Chinese fishing vessels believed to be crewed by militia have been spotted near a disputed reef off the Philippines, a government agency said, expressing “concern” over their presence. The Philippine coast guard detected the boats “in line formation” at the boomerang-shaped Whitsun Reef around 320 kilometres (175 nautical miles) west of Palawan Island on March 7, a task force charged with monitoring the South China Sea said Saturday. It said “around 220 Chinese Maritime Militia Vessels” were in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. “Despite clear…

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Philippines launches COVID vaccination drive amid supply problems

Philippines launches COVID vaccination drive amid supply problems

By Associated Press MANILA: The Philippines launched a vaccination campaign Monday to contain one of Southeast Asia’s worst coronavirus outbreaks but faces supply problems and public resistance, which it hopes to ease by inoculating top officials. Cabinet officials, along with health workers and military and police personnel, were among the first to be vaccinated in six hospitals in Metropolitan Manila, after President Rodrigo Duterte and other top officials received 600,000 doses on Sunday of COVID-19 vaccine donated by China. At the state-run Philippine General Hospital in Manila, the hospital director,…

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Strong earthquake shakes southern Philippines; no tsunami

Strong earthquake shakes southern Philippines; no tsunami

By PTI MANILA: A powerful earthquake shook parts of the southern Philippines on Thursday night, but authorities said it was too deep to cause major damage and no tsunami warning was issued. The quake measured a preliminary 7.0 magnitude and was located 95.8 kilometers (60 miles) below the sea and about 210 kilometers (130 miles) southeast of Pondaguitan in Davao Occidental province, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The earthquake was felt in nearby cities and provinces in the region, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. The USGS said…

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Only ash and shells of homes left on volcano isle in Philippines

Only ash and shells of homes left on volcano isle in Philippines

By PTI TAAL VOLCANO: The island is a ghost town, its trees just dead sticks in a gray landscape, its homes and school ash-covered and damaged by continuing earthquakes and the explosive volcanic eruption that occurred one year ago. Fisherman Rogelito Cacao regularly visits his home on the volcanic island south of the Philippine capital. “I miss our belongings but it is now covered in ash, our livestock like our cow, our horse, our pig, our boat and engines are all covered by the volcano, these is what I miss.” Luisa…

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Philippines targets vaccination for 60 million citizens

Philippines targets vaccination for 60 million citizens

By PTI MANILA: Philippine officials say about 60 million Filipinos are being targeted for vaccination against the coronavirus next year at a cost of more than 73 billion pesos (USD 1.4 billion) to develop considerable immunity among a majority of Filipinos. Carlito Galvez Jr., who oversees government efforts to secure the vaccines, said late Monday that negotiations were underway with four Western and Chinese pharmaceutical companies, including U.S.-based Pfizer Inc.and China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd., to secure the vaccines early next year. One company based in the U.K., AstraZeneca, can commit…

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Death toll from Typhoon Vamco rises to 67 in the Philippines

Death toll from Typhoon Vamco rises to 67 in the Philippines

By ANI MANILA: The death toll from Typhoon Vamco that ransacked the Philippines this week has climbed to 67, the country’s national disaster agency said on Sunday. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 12 people remain missing in landslides and flash floods triggered by Vamco, the 21st cyclone to hit the country this year. Meanwhile, rescuers continue to bring food and clean water to the flood victims in the northern Philippine provinces of Cagayan and Isabela on Sunday. READ| Damage, injuries as storm Vamco hits Vietnam The…

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Strong typhoon leaves 42 dead, 20 missing in Philippines

Strong typhoon leaves 42 dead, 20 missing in Philippines

By Associated Press MANILA: Thick mud and debris coated many villages around the Philippine capital on Friday after a typhoon killed at least 42 people and caused extensive flooding that sent people fleeing to their roofs, officials said. Troops, police, coast guard and disaster-response teams rescued tens of thousands of people, including many who flooded radio and TV networks and social media with desperate pleas for help. Floodwaters receded and the weather cleared in many areas after Typhoon Vamco blew out into the South China Sea on Friday, but the…

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Super typhoon Goni batters Philippines, one million in shelters

Super typhoon Goni batters Philippines, one million in shelters

By Associated Press MANILA: A super typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines with ferocious winds early Sunday, knocking down power in several towns and prompting the evacuation of about a million people in its likely path, including in the capital where the main airport was shut down. Typhoon Goni hit the island province of Catanduanes at dawn with sustained winds of 225 kilometers (140 miles) per hour and gusts of 280 kph (174 mph) — equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane. It was blowing west toward densely populated regions, including…

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At least five killed in bomb blasts in southern Philippines

At least five killed in bomb blasts in southern Philippines

By PTI MANILA: Bombs exploded in a southern Philippine town Monday, killing at least five soldiers and wounding 17 other military personnel and civilians despite extra tight security because of threats from Abu Sayyaf militants. Regional military spokesman Capt Rex Payot and police said the blast damaged a food store, a computer shop and two army trucks at noon in Jolo town in Sulu province. An initial report said the first bomb was attached to a parked motorcycle. A second blast was heard in the area shortly after but it…

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