Testing czar Vince Dizon aptly calls it “the week of hope” of the Philippines as the rollout of the life-saving coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines continues.
More stories on the vaccine, plus other interesting developments, have been included in our list of top stories this Tuesday, March 2.
- A total of 404 healthcare workers received their first shots of Sinovac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine during the first day of the country’s vaccination program against the viral disease, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday, March 1.
- An official of the World Health Organization (WHO) assured that the country is to receive doses of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines developed by pharmaceutical firms Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed on Tuesday, March 2, that China’s pharmaceutical firm Sinopharm has already submitted an application for emergency use authorization for its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine.
- Six cases of the South African variant of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) virus have been detected in the Philippines. Also, 30 more cases of the United Kingdom variant were found, the Department of Health (DOH) announced on Tuesday, March 2.
- Two-thirds of private firms says they’re giving their workers access to COVID-19 vaccines.
- Duterte orders dismissal of PH ambassador to Brazil for maltreating her household help.
- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has detected 48 volcanic earthquakes and 40 tremor episodes in Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours.
- Pope Francis has granted the request of Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma to declare within the Archdiocese a Special Jubilee Year along with the attached plenary indulgence.
- Warning is out: Some skin-whitening products could be laced with mercury.
- The National Museum of the Philippines is set to declare the centuries-old Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño in Cebu City and its image of the revered Child Jesus as national cultural treasures next month.
- Two Filipina sisters Ann Dumaliang and Billie Dumaliang of Masungi Georeserve are among the winners of this year’s Vanity Fair “Changing Your Mind Travel Awards.”