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Año expects cases to decrease under MECQ 

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Interior Secretary Eduardo Año expressed confidence that the number of COVID-19 infections would decrease during the enforcement of the modified enhanced community quarantine in some areas, including Metro Manila. At the sidelines of an event...

SMC businesses rebound after steep slump

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San Miguel Corporation (SMC) saw its businesses rebound by the end of the second quarter of 2020 as it continues to respond nimbly to the new normal, through an agile operating model built around consumers along with the reinforcement of its culture ...

Pasay restores curfew hours of 8pm to 5am

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The Pasay City Council had passed an ordinance setting the curfew hours in the city back to 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. after President Duterte once again placed Mega Manila under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) last Aug. 4.  According ...

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Task force prepares to buy 60 million vaccine doses 

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The Philippines will buy at least 60 million doses of coronavirus vaccine once it's available, according to National Task Force for COVID-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez.

He said President Rodrigo Duterte has been in touch with several leaders and embassies so the Philippines can be among the first countries to have access to a COVID-19 vaccine once it is developed.

"(Ang instruction) ito ay maging available at least sa 60 million people sa ating bansa. We are ready to get it because of the President's diplomatic efforts," he said in a media briefing.

The President has personally appealed to China to prioritize the Philippines, a plea that was warmly received by the Chinese government.

While the world awaits a vaccine, Galvez said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has been in contact with pharmacies to receive discounts on antiviral drug Avigan, which is being used in Japan to treat COVID-19. He added DOH is also working to improve the medical supply chain so the government can buy medicine straight from the suppliers.

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