Duterte himself will scrutinize prices of COVID-19 vaccines

25/01/2021 6:48:00 PM

Duterte himself will scrutinize prices of COVID-19 vaccines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (RICHARD MADELO/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)Addressing the nation Monday night, the President said he intends to “take a look and ask around” about the cost of the vaccines, telling the nation that the government’s supply arrangements made by vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. will still undergo a review.

“That’s not the end of the everything. The decision of Galvez is not, I said, the sum total of it all. It has to be reviewed,” Duterte said during his remarks aired on state television.“And finally sa akin rin, I will take a look and ask around if it is really a reasonable pricing for us,” he added.

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President Duterte has vowed to personally look into the prices of the coronavirus vaccines secured by the government to determine if they are “reasonable.endIndex: (CNN) -- New Phase 3 trial data finds a single shot of Regeneron's COVID-19 antibody cocktail was able to prevent symptomatic COVID-19 among people exposed to the virus, the company said Monday.COVID-19 survivors might only need one shot of the new vaccines from Moderna Inc and Pfizer/BioNTech , instead of the usual two doses, because their immune systems have gotten a head start on learning to recognize the virus, according to two separate reports posted this week on medRxiv ahead of peer review.(Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.

” President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (RICHARD MADELO/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO) Addressing the nation Monday night, the President said he intends to “take a look and ask around” about the cost of the vaccines, telling the nation that the government’s supply arrangements made by vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. will still undergo a review. In the new trial, the drug, named REGEN-COV, reduced risk of symptomatic infections by 81%, the company said Monday in a news release. “That’s not the end of the everything.  "The antibody response to the first vaccine dose in individuals with pre-existing immunity is equal to or even exceeds" levels found in uninfected individuals after the second vaccine dose, the authors of that paper said. The decision of Galvez is not, I said, the sum total of it all. Each participant received one dose of the drug or a placebo, which does nothing, administered as an injection through the skin. It has to be reviewed,” Duterte said during his remarks aired on state television.” “From RITM, the vaccines will be passed on to the regional warehouses or hubs wherein our DOH Centers for Health Development in coordination with our logistic partners shall deliver the vaccines to our local government units (LGUs),” said Vergeire.

“And finally sa akin rin, I will take a look and ask around if it is really a reasonable pricing for us,” he added. The drug provided 72% protection against symptomatic infections in the first week and 93% protection in subsequent weeks, Regeneron said.  COVID-19 patients with mild illness and at least one condition that put them at high risk for complications, such as diabetes or heart disease, received either colchicine or a placebo for 30 days. The price of the COVID-19 vaccines purchased by the government is among the contentious issues tackled in a recent Senate inquiry. Some lawmakers have pressed on officials to reveal the price for the sake of transparency but Galvez declined to do so owing to the confidentiality deal with the manufacturers. Those who received the antibody cocktail and experienced a symptomatic infection resolved their symptoms in one week, the company said, compared to three weeks among those who received a placebo. The Palace earlier dispelled concerns about the alleged high cost of the vaccine, saying a dose developed by China’s Sinovac only costs more or less P600.6% of those on colchicine versus 60% of those who got a placebo. In the same address, the President brushed aside claims that some people supposedly managed to thwart an attempt on overpricing or corruption in the government’s vaccine purchase. Myron Cohen, who leads the monoclonal antibody efforts for the COVID Prevention Network and is the director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said in a statement. Health authorities also inspected the facilities of First Pioneer Distribution Center of UNILAB in Biñan City, Laguna and Zuellig Pharma Corporation in Parañaque City, “which could potentially be used in the first wave of COVID-19 vaccine rollout,” said Vergeire.

Those making such claim were only muddling the issue, according to Duterte.  “May statement that they were able to prevent corruption or overprice because of their vigilance." Adverse events occurred in 20% of patients who received the antibody drug and 29% of those who received a placebo, Regeneron said.  "Given that colchicine is inexpensive, taken by mouth, was generally safe in this study, and does not generally need lab monitoring during use, it shows potential as the first oral drug to treat COVID-19 in the outpatient setting," the researchers said. No. Far from it actually. None of the four deaths in the trial -- two among those who received the drug and two who received a placebo -- were due to COVID-19 or the drug. You’re just muddling up, ginugulo lang ninyo (You’re just muddling the issue),” he said.4% with 12 or more weeks between doses, compared to 54. Two members: either a midwife, barangay health worker, or other health professionals who will document the patient’s vital signs and other vaccination-related activities.

He maintained that the government’s supply arrangements with vaccine makers must still go through scrutiny of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez. The drug is currently authorized to be administered as an IV, which takes longer and may be part of the reason why uptake of the treatment has been limited. It is unlikely that any irregularity will slip past the finance chief, he added. “Dadaan pa ‘yan kay Dominguez and you know how Dominguez is. A single shot reduced the risk of progressing to symptomatic COVID-19 by 31% overall.  Europe's medicine regulator has said there is not enough data to determine how well the vaccine will work in people over 55.  Tingnan mo kung makalusot yan kay Dominguez (It will still go through with Dominguez and you know how Dominguez is. Let’s see if that will pass through Dominguez),” he added. Participants received the treatment or a placebo, and the trial showed that the duration of symptoms was shortened and viral levels were reduced in those who received the antibody cocktail.  The local government units (LGUs) were tasked to come up with a masterlist to determine the residents who will fall under the priority list.

In the early part of his speech, the President said he wanted to talk to the people alleging corruption in the government’s vaccination program.. Duterte remained skeptical about such allegations, insisting that no actual money will change hands in the procurement. However, the US government said last month it will no longer distribute bamlanivimab for use on its own because of a sustained increase in coronavirus variants in the United States. “Walang pera. Laway pa lang ito lata. So far, Regeneron's cocktail has been shown to be effective against coronavirus variants of concerns. Conversation, istorya.” Vaccination proper The vaccination activity will be by schedule to avoid crowding and maintain the minimum public health standards on the vaccination sites.

may nagsabi na corruption or they were able to obstruct or prevent corruption because of their timely… (There is no actual money.com,. It’s all talk for now, conversation, story. Some said there were able to obstruct or prevent corruption because of their timely intervention),” he said. “Mag-usap tayo. Tayo lang kung sino nagsabi niyan please rise and be brave enough to say you’re the one. The individual’s QR code will be scanned and other necessary documents such as “health declaration forms” and “informed consent” must be submitted.

I’d like to talk to you. Tayong dalawa lang (Let’s talk. Whoever said that please rte and brave enough to say you’re the one. I’d like to talk to you. Just the two of us),” he said.  The next step would be the actual vaccination.

The government earlier set aside P82.5 billion for the purchase of coronavirus vaccines for Filipinos. It has sought financial aid from multilateral partners like World Bank and Asian Development Bank to help secure the country’s vaccine supplies. The government has so far secured millions of doses of vaccines from suppliers like Novavax, Sinovac, Moderna and AstraZeneca.  The first batch of the supplies is expected to be delivered in the country next month.  “After vaccination, we keep them in the area for 30 minutes to 1 hour so that we will monitor the adverse events.

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