Greek PM calls for vaccine patent waiver to help nations in need

ATHENS – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday called for waiving intellectual property rights protected by patents for Covid-19 vaccines in order to speed up production to assist countries in need. “The health crisis has highlighted more than anything the need for joint action to address threats,” Mitsotakis said following a meeting with his … Read More

US FDA authorizes Pfizer Covid-19 jabs for adolescents

WASHINGTON – The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for adolescents aged between 12 and 15 years, the US regulator announced. “Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease … Read More

PH receives 1st shipment of Pfizer vax thru COVAX

MANILA – The Philippines’ first batch of 193,050 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine donated through the World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX Facility arrived Monday night. The government’s vaccine cluster along with representatives from the United Nations, World Health Organization (WHO), the UNICEF, US Embassy, and Pfizer-Philippines welcomed the arrival of the initial shipment of Pfizer … Read More

Face shield now mandatory in Baguio City

BAGUIO CITY – The city government has amended its ordinance requiring the mandatory wearing not only of face masks but face shields outside their homes. Aileen Refuerzo, Public Information Office chief, on Saturday said the city’s legislative body approved on final reading Ordinance No. 49, series of 2021, which amended Ordinance No. 45-2020 or the … Read More

Stop clashes in Jerusalem, seek solutions: Pope Francis

VATICAN – Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to clashes in Jerusalem. Stating that he is monitoring the developments in Jerusalem anxiously, he urged the stakeholders to seek solutions while respecting the Holy City. “Holy City’s multi-religious and multi-cultural identity should be respected. Violence breeds violence, stop clashes,” he told pilgrims gathered at … Read More

Kabul school blast death toll rises to 58

KABUL, Afghanistan – The death toll from explosions outside a school in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul rose to 58 on Sunday, officials said, as friends and families mourned the loss of their loved ones. The bombings on Saturday evening shook the neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi, which is inhabited by the ethnic Shia Hazara minority. Over 150 people … Read More

Cayetano: Duterte not surrendering West Philippine Sea

MANILA – Former House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Saturday refuted accusations that President Rodrigo Duterte is surrendering the West Philippine Sea (WPS) to China, saying the Commander-in-Chief is simply employing a non-aggressive style of negotiation. “Unang-una, gusto kong linawin: malinaw ang stand ng Pangulo na not a single inch of Philippine territory or not … Read More

2M doses of AstraZeneca delivered

MANILA – Nearly 3.8 million doses of different brands of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines are expected in the country in the next few days. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III made the announcement during a press conference on Saturday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, where the Singapore Airlines flight carrying … Read More

India Covid-19 cases now more than 21.8M

NEW DELHI – As many as 401,078 coronavirus cases were recorded in India in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 21,892,676, according to the country’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. India’s coronavirus death toll rose by 4,187 to 238,270 in the past day. The number of daily fatalities for the first time … Read More