DOST’s Vaccine Expert Panel: Surge in cases of COVID-19 in PH ‘worrisome’; asks eligible recipients to take COVID-19 vaccine

Published March 26, 2021, 12:03 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The  Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Vaccine Expert Panel described Friday, March 26, as “worrisome” the surging cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, even as it asked the public to take advantage of the government’s vaccination program and immediately receive the vaccine.

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“Every day, we get 8,000, 7,000 [new cases]. Last night, we have more than 8,000 cases so my plea to everyone is if you are eligible, and the vaccine is being offered to you, please take the vaccine. We are racing against time here,” Dr. Nina Gloriani, who heads the panel, told the ABC-CBN’s ANC in an interview. 

On Thursday, March 25, the country reported another 8,773 new COVID-19 cases–its biggest daily surge in infections since it was hit by the pandemic last year.  The Department of Health (DOH) said that the new infections brought the total number of confirmed cases nationwide to 693,048. 

Gloriani said following the detection of COVID-19 variants in the country, the public should not dilly dally and have themselves vaccinated.

“As I keep on saying, we do not want the virus, or the variants taking over us we would like to take over them. Time is of the essence, the sooner we get vaccinated, the sooner we get that 70 to 80 percent herd immunity, the better for all of us,” she said.

“Please do not forget the minimum public health standards. Actually, the very basic thing you should do is to put  a barrier so that the virus can no longer get out from those who are infected and will not get transmitted to others, because as the more virus you have the more mutations you have. That is the barrier that we have to put, stop the transmission,” she added.

The DOST official  noted that the United Kingdom COVID-19 variant appears to be more transmissible. 

 
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