MB Daily News Update

Published February 28, 2021, 4:12 PM

by Manila Bulletin

The wheels of hope have started to grind for the Philippines with the arrival of the first batch of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines, setting into motion the national vaccination program that gains further momentum with the arrival of AstraZeneca vaccines on Monday, March 1.

That’s over one million doses for distribution, and inoculation of over 500,000 Filipinos next week.

This exciting piece of news dominates our update for Sunday, February 28.

  1. After months of anxious waiting, the country officially kicked-off its national vaccination program with the arrival of more than one million doses of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines beginning Sunday, Feb. 28. Simultaneous vaccinations on Monday, March 1, in at least five government hospitals.
The shipment of Sinovac vaccines are shown on Sunday,, Feb. 28, 2021, in China before their departure for the Philippines. (Photo courtesy of Chinese Embassy)
  • Top officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will not be spared from the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) probe into the Feb. 24 “misencounter” of their operatives in Quezon City, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said on Sunday, Feb. 28.
  • The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) confirmed Sunday, February 28, that travel authority issued by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and medical certificate obtained from the local health office are no longer required for domestic travel.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) has landed its most ambitious robotic explorer ever on the surface of Mars on Feb. 18. And as the world celebrates the Perseverance Mars rover landing safely on Jezero Crater, let’s take a look at the names of six Philippine towns that have also reached the Red Planet as well.
  • No superhero or other costumes as baptismal garment for children, please. Just plain white will do, says the rector of the Manila Cathedral.
  • Can institutions of higher learning, in enforcing their academic freedom, change the rules in their Student Handbooks in the middle of the schoolyear or a course?
  • The country will start the month of March with warm weather conditions with chances of isolated rain showers due to the prevailing easterlies, the state weather bureau said Sunday, Feb. 28.
  • The most Googled phobia of 2020 is “Anthropophobia” or the fear of other people, according to a study. Researchers have attributed the result to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.