MB Daily News Update

Published March 5, 2021, 4:30 PM

by Manila Bulletin

After the Chinese-made Sinovac, it’s the turn of the AstraZeneca vaccine’s efficacy to be questioned. And this has been addressed by a medical expert, who underscored that it can give protection from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) against severe illness.

These vaccine-related stories are among the top stories this Friday afternoon, March 5, 2021.

  1. AstraZeneca’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine can give protection against the severe effects of the illness, an infectious disease expert said Friday, March 5. San Lazaro Hospital Infectious Diseases Head Dr. Rontgene Solante emphasized that it is important to get vaccinated against the disease, especially those in the priority sector such as the healthcare workers and the elderly people.
In this file photo taken on November 17, 2020 An illustration picture shows vials with Covid-19 Vaccine stickers attached and syringes, with the logo of the University of Oxford and its partner British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. – The University of Oxford and drug manufacturer AstraZeneca have applied to the UK health regulator for permission to roll out their Covid-19 vaccine, Health Minister Matt Hancock said on December 23, 2020. “I’m delighted to be able to tell you that the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine developed here in the UK has submitted its full data package to the MHRA for approval,” he said. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)
  • Vaccines for 22 million Filipinos. That’s the commitment made by the European Union, which is the biggest contributor to the World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX facility.
  • Don’t buy COVID-19 testing kits online, it’s prohibited, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Pope Francis has issued a decree granting a jubilee year with the inherent plenary indulgence for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.
  • Taal and Pinatubo volcanoes continued to show low level of unrest during the 24-hour observation of the active volcanoes from 8 a.m., March 4, Thursday, to 8 a.m., March 5, Friday.
  • Following the deadly clashes in Myanmar that resulted in the death of 38 anti-coup protesters on Wednesday, the Philippines is poised to issue an advisory to all Filipino nationals to leave that country while it is still possible to do so.
  • Puerto Princesa is now open for domestic tourists. Find out about the travel requirements here.