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  • Metro mayors push to boost public trust in Sinovac, other COVID-19 vaccines

    Metro mayors push to boost public trust in Sinovac, other COVID-19 vaccines

    MANILA - Several Metro Manila mayors on Tuesday said they were willing to be inoculated with Sinovac's COVID-19 jabs as soon as the Department of Health (DOH) allows it to help boost public confidence in coronavirus vaccines. The Philippines began...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 2 March 2021, 8:40PM
  • DOH: Only Sinovac can bare clinical trial results of COVID-19 vaccine

    DOH: Only Sinovac can bare clinical trial results of COVID-19 vaccine

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no authority to release the late-stage clinical trial data China's Sinovac Biotech submitted to the agency, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday. DOH spokesperson Undersecretary Maria Rosario...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 2 March 2021, 6:50PM
  • COVID-19 cases in PH breach 580,000 as over 2,000 add'l infections logged anew

    COVID-19 cases in PH breach 580,000 as over 2,000 add'l infections logged anew

    MANILA - Coronavirus infections in the Philippines climbed to 580,442 on Tuesday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,067 new COVID-19 cases. This is the 6th straight day that additional infections counted more than 2,000. Tuesday's tally...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 2 March 2021, 4:09PM
  • 2,067 new COVID-19 cases bring Philippines’ tally to over 580k

    2,067 new COVID-19 cases bring Philippines’ tally to over 580k

    The Philippines' coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tally rose to 580,442 on Tuesday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 2,067 new infections as eight laboratories failed to submit reports on time. This is the sixth straight day where...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 2 March 2021, 4:01PM
  • Janssen COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials in PH to check for long-term efficacy -- DOH

    Janssen COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials in PH to check for long-term efficacy -- DOH

    MANILA - While Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine has already gotten approval in the United States, it will continue its clinical trial in the Philippines to check for long-term efficacy, the Department of Health said Tuesday. "Yun pong...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 2 March 2021, 3:09PM
  • DOH studying link between South African variant, COVID-19 spike in Pasay

    DOH studying link between South African variant, COVID-19 spike in Pasay

    The Department of Health (DOH) is analyzing the link between the more transmissible South African coronavirus variant and the spike in COVID-19 cases in Pasay City, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Tuesday. "The probability is...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 2 March 2021, 2:26PM
  • DOH clarifies: No EUA request yet for vaccine developer Sinopharm

    DOH clarifies: No EUA request yet for vaccine developer Sinopharm

    MANILA - The government has not yet received any emergency use authorization (EUA) request from COVID-19 vaccine developer Sinopharm, the Department of Health said Tuesday, contrary to the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman. "Wala...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 2 March 2021, 11:21AM
  • DOH: 13 adverse events recorded on first day of vaccine rollout

    DOH: 13 adverse events recorded on first day of vaccine rollout

    Thirteen adverse events following immunization (AEFI) were recorded on the first day of the rollout of vaccines from China's Sinovac, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the adverse events...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 2 March 2021, 11:13AM
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Over 700 vaccinated on Day 1 of COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Philippines - officials

    Over 700 vaccinated on Day 1 of COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Philippines - officials

    MANILA - More than 700 health workers were inoculated with the coronavirus vaccine during the first day of the country's COVID-19 vaccine rollout on Monday using donated doses from the Chinese drugmaker Sinovac, officials said. In an interview with...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 1 March 2021, 9:55PM
  • PH reports over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases for 5th straight day, as vaccination starts

    PH reports over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases for 5th straight day, as vaccination starts

    MANILA - The daily tally of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines remained high on Monday as the Department of Health (DOH) logged 2,037 new infections, bringing the country's total since the start of the pandemic to 578,381. It is the 5th straight day...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 1 March 2021, 4:11PM
  • 2,037 new COVID-19 cases bring Philippines’ tally to 578,381

    2,037 new COVID-19 cases bring Philippines’ tally to 578,381

    The Philippines' coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tally rose to 578,381 on Monday after the Department of Health announced 2,037 new infections as one laboratory failed to submit data on time. This is the fifth consecutive day where more than...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 1 March 2021, 4:01PM
  • PGH healthworkers await DOH council's assessment of Sinovac: spox

    PGH healthworkers await DOH council's assessment of Sinovac: spox

    MANILA - Only 8 percent of Philippine General Hospital frontliners want to receive Chinese vaccine CoronaVac as its staff await the results of a Department of Health panel assessment, the hospital's spokesperson said Monday. PGH spokesperson Jonas...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 1 March 2021, 8:58AM
  • Filipino babies switched at birth: Will they finally be home in their parents’ arms?

    Filipino babies switched at birth: Will they finally be home in their parents’ arms?

    It's been a long and arduous road but finally, the two babies switched at birth at a hospital in the Philippines will finally be reunited with their biological parents. This is the first documented case of baby switching in the Philippines,...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 28 February 2021, 10:39PM
  • Philippine COVID-19 cases now at 576,352 with 2,113 new infections

    Philippine COVID-19 cases now at 576,352 with 2,113 new infections

    The Philippines' tally of COVID-19 cases climbed to 576,352 on Sunday after the Department of Health reported 2,113 new infections as one laboratory failed to submit data on time. According to the DOH, 9,418 more patients also recovered from the...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 28 February 2021, 4:21PM
  • Philippines logs 2,113 new COVID-19 cases; total now at 576,352

    Philippines logs 2,113 new COVID-19 cases; total now at 576,352

    MANILA (UPDATE) - The Philippines confirmed 2,113 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday bringing the country's total to 576,352. The Department of Health also reported 9,418 new recoveries pushing the total number of Filipinos who recovered from the...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 28 February 2021, 4:08PM
  • PGH doctors want Sinovac vaccine to undergo further appraisal by HTAC

    PGH doctors want Sinovac vaccine to undergo further appraisal by HTAC

    The vaccine against COVID-19 developed by Chinese firm Sinovac should undergo further appraisal before being administered to healthcare workers, Philippine General Hospital doctors said Saturday. According to the PGH Physician's Association, the...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 27 February 2021, 6:27PM
  • DOH's Vergeire: 'Hindi po walang kuwenta ang Sinovac vaccine'

    DOH's Vergeire: 'Hindi po walang kuwenta ang Sinovac vaccine'

    Department of Health (DOH) spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire on Saturday said the agency is not devaluing other health workers not directly involved with COVID-19 patients by offering them Sinovac vaccines, which were previously not recommended to...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 27 February 2021, 6:04PM
  • Almost 3,000 new COVID-19 cases push Philippine total over 574,000

    Almost 3,000 new COVID-19 cases push Philippine total over 574,000

    The Department of Health (DOH) reported a record-high 2,921 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections on Saturday, bringing the nation's tally to 574,247, as six laboratories failed to submit data on time. This is the third consecutive day...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 27 February 2021, 4:11PM
  • DOH says Sinovac COVID-19 jabs 'not at all useless' as health workers express concern

    DOH says Sinovac COVID-19 jabs 'not at all useless' as health workers express concern

    MANILA - The COVID-19 vaccine made by China's Sinovac is not at all useless in preventing coronavirus infections, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday, as criticism against the vaccine's low efficacy rating mounted among health workers....

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 27 February 2021, 2:55PM
  • DOH: Relaxed restrictions, LGU response possible factors for recent surge in COVID-19 cases

    DOH: Relaxed restrictions, LGU response possible factors for recent surge in COVID-19 cases

    The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said the easing of quarantine restrictions and the relaxed response of local government units (LGUs) might have contributed to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the country. "Nakikita natin na may iba't...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 27 February 2021, 2:21PM
  • Sinovac vaccine could have prevented 42 health worker deaths –expert

    Sinovac vaccine could have prevented 42 health worker deaths –expert

    The coronavirus vaccine of China's Sinovac Biotech could have prevented 42 health worker deaths and 3,300 COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila last year, the resident epidemiologist of the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday. Citing data from Sinovac's...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 26 February 2021, 5:45PM
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Department of Health

The Department of Health is the executive department responsible for ensuring access to basic public health services by all Filipinos through the provision of quality health care and the regulation of all health services and products.