MB Daily News Update

Published March 5, 2021, 7:30 AM

by Manila Bulletin

The Philippine vaccination program just got its own version of a “booster” with the arrival Thursday night of more than 480,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine as part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX Facility. This ensures that the country’s massive rollout of vaccines for health workers will be sustained in the coming days.

WHO has also dispelled recent assertions that AstraZeneca would be hardly effective against the South Africa variant of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

These, as well as other carefully curated stories, form part of our update this Friday morning, March 5, 2021.

  1. Even though the country is making progress in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), President Duterte asked for the public to cooperate with the government as he ensured the immediate distribution of available vaccines in the country.
  • AstraZeneca vaccine is effective against the South Africa variant of COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • China has offered to donate an additional 400,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines to the Philippines, President Duterte announced.
  • PH COVID-19 Update: 2,452 new cases, 266 recoveries, 15 deaths
  • President Duterte is willing to fully reopen the Philippine economy once he sees Filipinos can easily avail themselves of coronavirus vaccines in health facilities across the country.
  • The prevailing northeast monsoon or “amihan” and the easterlies may bring cloudy skies with chances of rains over parts of the country this Friday, March 5, the state weather bureau said.
  • The arrival of the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines marked the start of the country’s economic recovery, according to Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion.
  • There will still be summer classes this year, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).
  • DOLE issues new guidelines on proper ventilation at workplaces and transportation