MB Daily News Update

Published March 3, 2021, 4:20 PM

by Manila Bulletin

Keep them coming! A total of 487,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine is set to arrive on Thursday, March 4, as the country’s vaccination program continued to gain momentum with more and more health workers having themselves inoculated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

But just how long would the immunity provided by the vaccines against the coronavirus last? This was also one of the questions that has emerged as the saga that is the battle to defeat COVID-19 continues this afternoon of Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

  1. Malacañang confirmed that 487,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX Facility will arrive in the country at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, and President Duterte could also be on-hand to receive the shipment.
  • Malacañang is confident that there is no stopping the government’s vaccination program now, especially with the arrival of more vaccines this month.
  • A medical expert said Wednesday, March 3, that it may take a year before vaccine developers can determine how long the vaccine immunity lasts and to know if those who got doses of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines need to receive booster shots annually.
  • DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III is hoping that the 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines, which will be part of the World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX facility, will arrive in the country next week.
  • Their confidence buoyed by PGH Director Gerardo Legaspi’s initiative to have himself vaccinated, a total of 611 staff have gotten themselves inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine.
  • Prisoners will also have to wait just like other Filipinos in the government’s vaccination program against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said on Wednesday morning, March 3.
  • Mayon Volcano had one rockfall event and 10 volcanic earthquakes during its 24-hour observation period from Tuesday, March 2, to Wednesday, March 3.
  • After drawing flak on the plan to shorten the vacation break into two weeks, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday, March 3, confirmed that the proposal has been dropped already.
  • The northeast monsoon or “amihan” has again intensified, affecting Northern and Central Luzon on Wednesday, March 3, said a weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
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