MB Daily News Update, Feb. 18, 2021

Published February 18, 2021, 8:00 AM

by Manila Bulletin

We’ve rounded up some of the most important and interesting stories as of Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, for your consideration. 

1) As soon as the country’s vaccine supplies arrive, the Department of Health plans to inoculate 100 persons per day with the help 50,000 vaccinators. 

Several Covid-19 vaccines are either being rolled out or are under trial. “Low dead space syringes” can be used to extract six doses instead of five from vials containing the companies’ vaccine, but a BD spokesman told AFP on Saturday there is a supply crunch for the syringes and no easy way to address it. (Photo by MEHDI FEDOUACH / AFP)

2) The country’s governors are amenable to the proposal to further reopen the economy and allow the resumption of provincial bus operations. The local government officials however want the authority to impose stringent lockdowns if needed even without the approval of the government task force.

3)  The Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (PSAAI) is shedding light on the value of COVID-19 vaccination, saying its benefit outweighs the risk of adverse reactions. 

4) Will former Senator Bongbong Marcos follow the footsteps of his father and run for president next year? His lawyer is keeping mum about the elective post being eyed by Marcos for now.

5) Apart from fasting and praying, Lent is a time for charity and solidarity with people in need.

6) A bill granting the President to take responsibility for liabilities arising from vaccination has been filed by Senate President Tito Sotto.

7) More than 55,000 citation tickets have been issued for various violations, including failure to abide by the country’s seatbelt and helmet laws.

8) The country’s first tropical cyclone Auring is threatening to make landfall over Caraga region this weekend if it sustains its speed and direction.