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  • Pasig begins COVID-19 vaccination program; some health workers hesitant

    Pasig begins COVID-19 vaccination program; some health workers hesitant

    MANILA - Pasig City on Tuesday began its COVID-19 inoculation program with only half of the 300 initial vaccination slots filled as some health workers in the city remained hesitant to take Chinese-made jabs. As of 10:30 a.m., 153 health care...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 2 March 2021, 12:17PM
  • Pasig starts inoculation vs. COVID-19 with over 100 medical frontliners

    Pasig starts inoculation vs. COVID-19 with over 100 medical frontliners

    The Pasig City government on Tuesday started its inoculation rollout with over 100 medical frontliners set to receive Sinovac's vaccine against COVID-19 at the Pasig City General Hospital. COVID-19 Referral Center Hospital Incident Commander Dr....

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 2 March 2021, 12:04PM
  • Gov't targets 'fast containment' of South African variant in PH

    Gov't targets 'fast containment' of South African variant in PH

    MANILA - The Department of Health on Tuesday said it is hoping to immediately stop the spread of the more transmissible COVID-19 variants, especially the one from South Africa, which is said to affect vaccine efficacy. This after the government...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 2 March 2021, 10:52AM
  • DILG defends removal of travel authority, quarantine requirements

    DILG defends removal of travel authority, quarantine requirements

    Following some criticism, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) defended its decision to remove and loosen several health protocols and requirements amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement on Tuesday, DILG spokesperson...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 2 March 2021, 10:33AM
  • Vice mayor, 200 medical frontliners first to take jabs as Manila starts COVID-19 vaccination

    Vice mayor, 200 medical frontliners first to take jabs as Manila starts COVID-19 vaccination

    Manila City on Tuesday started its vaccination against COVID-19 with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan and around 200 medical frontliners first to take the shots. According to Jonathan Andal's report on Unang Balita, Mayor Isko Moreno did not receive...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 2 March 2021, 9:25AM
  • FDA facing 'blank wall' on PSG's illegal vaccination

    FDA facing 'blank wall' on PSG's illegal vaccination

    MANILA - The Food and Drug Administration is facing a blank wall in its investigation into the illegal inoculation of President Rodrigo Duterte's security detail against COVID-19. "Well, right now, if I tell you frankly, it's a blank wall. We're not...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 2 March 2021, 9:25AM
  • Visayas' largest COVID-19 referral hospital 'excited' to begin vaccination

    Visayas' largest COVID-19 referral hospital 'excited' to begin vaccination

    MANILA - Frontline workers of Visayas' largest COVID-19 referral hospital are "excited" to begin vaccination, an official said Tuesday. The Philippines earlier launched its COVID-19 immunization program, with healthworkers getting the first jabs....

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 2 March 2021, 8:41AM
  • Philippines detects first cases of South Africa COVID-19 variant

    Philippines detects first cases of South Africa COVID-19 variant

    MANILA ( UPDATE ) - The Philippines has detected its first six cases of the more transmissible South Africa COVID-19 variant and additional cases of the UK coronavirus variant, the Department of Health said Tuesday. Of the six South African or...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 2 March 2021, 8:31AM
  • Philippines detects South African coronavirus variant

    Philippines detects South African coronavirus variant

    The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday reported the detection of the coronavirus variant initially discovered in South Africa in six COVID-19 cases in the Philippines. "The DOH, the UP-Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC), and the UP-National...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 2 March 2021, 7:57AM
  • 2 COVID-19 deaths recorded in Bohol

    2 COVID-19 deaths recorded in Bohol

    TAGBILARAN CITY - The province of Bohol recorded two latest fatalities from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the total fatalities to 22. Dr. Cesar Tomas Lopez, spokesman of the Bohol Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF), said the latest...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 2 March 2021, 2:35AM
  • More than 400 receive COVID-19 vaccines on Day 1

    More than 400 receive COVID-19 vaccines on Day 1

    At least 416 health workers and government officials received their first dose of Coronavac, which is a vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech, on the first day of COVID-19 vaccinations based on data collected by GMA News Research. In the report on...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 2 March 2021, 2:28AM
  • 'You want to be relevant': Duterte blasts Robredo anew

    'You want to be relevant': Duterte blasts Robredo anew

    MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday accused Vice President Leni Robredo of trying to be "relevant", after the latter called for the Chief Executive to be among the first to get inoculated against COVID-19. Robredo earlier said this would...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 1 March 2021, 11:15PM
  • Philippines to buy 161 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by yearend: Galvez

    Philippines to buy 161 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by yearend: Galvez

    MANILA - The Philippines will receive at least 161 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine doses by yearend, a government official said Monday, hours after the country began its immunization program against the deadly disease. National COVID-19 task force...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 1 March 2021, 10:39PM
  • Fewer vaccinated than those who signed up for COVID-19 jabs at 2 NCR hospitals

    Fewer vaccinated than those who signed up for COVID-19 jabs at 2 NCR hospitals

    While more than expected staff were inoculated against COVID-19 at the Philippine General Hospital on Monday, fewer individuals than those who registered received jabs at Metro Manila's two other referral hospitals. The first day of March 2021 in...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 10:15PM
  • This woman creates healthy and Instagram-worthy packed lunches for her husband

    This woman creates healthy and Instagram-worthy packed lunches for her husband

    Eating lunch during work days has become a challenge for many of us amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gone are the days when we can step out for a quick meal at the nearest restaurant without any worries, so bringing packed lunches has become the habit...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 10:14PM
  • Duterte on Robredo's vaccine dare: You are baiting me

    Duterte on Robredo's vaccine dare: You are baiting me

    President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night took a swipe at Vice President Leni Robredo after she urged him to be among the first to get inoculated against COVID-19 to allay fears over vaccines. In his nationally televised address, Duterte slammed...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 10:03PM
  • DFA reports 17 new COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad; total now at 14,914

    DFA reports 17 new COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad; total now at 14,914

    MANILA - The number of Filipinos abroad who have contracted COVID-19 rose to 14,914 on Monday as 17 new cases were recorded, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. The DFA also reported 21 new recoveries and no new fatality among the group....

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 1 March 2021, 9:44PM
  • OCTA flags surge of COVID-19 cases in NCR, estimates total in PH to hit 665k by end March

    OCTA flags surge of COVID-19 cases in NCR, estimates total in PH to hit 665k by end March

    MANILA - The OCTA Group on Monday said it is seeing a continued increase in COVID-19 cases in some parts of the National Capital Region (NCR), which may push the country's total to 665,000 by the end of the month. This as the country finally started...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 1 March 2021, 9:01PM
  • Get vaccinated to be part of the solution, says Lung Center doctor

    Get vaccinated to be part of the solution, says Lung Center doctor

    The head of the Lung Center of the Philippines' emergency room urged Filipinos to get vaccinated to be part of the solution to the COVID-19 crisis. According to Chino Gaston's report on "24 Oras," Dr. Eileen Aniceto became the first person at the...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 8:45PM
  • Efficient vaccination needed amid surge in COVID-19 cases —OCTA

    Efficient vaccination needed amid surge in COVID-19 cases —OCTA

    The OCTA Research group called for an efficient deployment of vaccines in the next two weeks to ensure health workers are inoculated as it noted "significant positive growth" in fresh COVID-19 cases in the National Capital Region (NCR). Based on its...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 8:26PM
  • Sinovac is the best vaccine, only one we have now –PGH director

    Sinovac is the best vaccine, only one we have now –PGH director

    University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital director Dr. Gerardo Legaspi on Monday said Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine is the "best vaccine" as this is the only one the country has now. According to Sandra Aguinaldo's report on "24 Oras"...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 8:08PM
  • FAST FACTS: The COVID-19 vaccination rollout in the Philippines

    FAST FACTS: The COVID-19 vaccination rollout in the Philippines

    MANILA - The Philippines has started its vaccination program with jabs from Beijing-based drug maker Sinovac Biotech on Monday, in hopes of an immediate return to normalcy as the country races to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 1 March 2021, 7:44PM
  • 17 more Filipinos overseas infected with COVID-19; total now at 14,914

    17 more Filipinos overseas infected with COVID-19; total now at 14,914

    The Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday logged 17 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among Filipinos abroad, raising the total tally to 14,914. The DFA said total recoveries also rose to 9,400 after 21 additional Filipinos...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 7:10PM
  • San Juan Mayor Zamora gets COVID-19

    San Juan Mayor Zamora gets COVID-19

    San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In a Facebook post on Monday, Zamora said he was asymptomatic and in good physical condition. He said he was at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 6:58PM
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Law grants gov't workers, vaccine makers immunity

    COVID-19 Vaccine Law grants gov't workers, vaccine makers immunity

    The COVID-19 Vaccination Program Law provides government officials, vaccine makers, and authorized private entities immunity from suit and any liability as a result of administering a COVID-19 vaccine under the Philippine government's COVID-19...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 6:40PM
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COVID-19

COVID-19, or coronavirus disease 2019, is a contagious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. The first case was identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. It has spread since and is an ongoing pandemic.