THE PHILIPPINES will take delivery this month of about nine million doses of coronavirus vaccines, according to the country’s vaccine czar, as the government struggles to reach its vaccination targets. About 4.5 million doses of CoronaVac, made by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd., are expected to arrive this month, vaccine czar Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. told ABS-CBN News on Wednesday. He ...

THE HOUSE of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously approved on third and final reading a bill that seeks to regulate parking fees and standards. The measure, passed by 253 congressmen who mostly voted online, will regulate parking rates while still giving parking operators a fair return on their investments, lawmakers said. The bill also sets standards for all government-owned and privately ...

RECORDS of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s deadly war on drugs do not have national security implications, a senator said on Wednesday, citing a Supreme Court ruling in 2018. “In the words of the Supreme Court, drug war records ‘do not obviously involve state secrets affecting national security,’” Senator Franklin M. Drilon said in a statement. “That is, plain and simple, ...

THE DEPARTMENT of Science and Technology (DoST) has proposed a P2-billion budget for the establishment of the proposed Virology Institute of the Philippines, which will conduct research and development on diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics. In a meeting of the House of Representatives health committee on Wednesday, DoST Industrial Technology Development Institute Director Annabelle V. Briones said the budget will cover ...

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism announced Wednesday that it is resuming the subsidy program for coronavirus testing for domestic leisure trips after travel restrictions were lifted between the NCR-Plus and areas under a general quarantine level. Residents of NCR-Plus (National Capital Region), composed of the capital Metro Manila and nearby provinces, are now allowed to go on a point-to-point trip to ...

THE ENERGY department on Wednesday said it is already monitoring whether distribution utilities are ensuring reliable and stable supply of energy in cold storage facilities for coronavirus vaccines. Energy Undersecretary Felix William B. Fuentebella told a televised news briefing that the agency is also making sure that power distributors have placed diesel generators in areas where vaccine warehouses are located. ...

LOCAL government units are now required to set up holding areas for arrested violators of health protocols, based on the new guidelines jointly released by three agencies. The guidelines, mainly a compilation of existing rules on pandemic-related arrests, was released Tuesday night by the Department of Justice (DoJ), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Philippine National ...

PHILIPPINE Coast Guard (PCG) officers evacuate residents of a flooded village in Maasin City, Southern Leyte following heavy rains from tropical storm Dante on June 1. Coast Guard Commander George Ursabia, Jr. said their teams in Bicol Region and areas in northeastern Luzon in the path of the typhoon are also on full alert for emergency operations. — PCG THREE ...

Britain is to begin the process of joining a Pacific trading bloc in what would be a significant post-Brexit boost after trade with the European Union dropped. The UK’s accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) would create a trading area almost the size of the EU, the Japanese economic minister said. On Wednesday night ...

Bloomsbury Publishing has reported record annual profits as more people turned to reading books during the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns. The Harry Potter publisher saw sales rise 14% to £185m, while profits were up by more than one-fifth to £19.2m in the year to the end of February. Chief executive Nigel Newton told the BBC that people had “craved intellectual ...