Lifting of state of calamity due to Covid-19 still under discussion—DOH

03/06/2022 6:45:00 PM

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The DOH is currently cold on the idea of lifting the country’s state of calamity status due to Covid-19 pandemic as several factors need to be considered first.

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Analou de Vera Makati CBD skyline The Department of Health (DOH) is currently cold on the idea of lifting the country’s state of calamity status due to Covid-19 pandemic as several factors need to be considered first.Reuters / 01:39 PM June 02, 2022 Passengers head to a COVID-19 quarantine station for clearance following their arrival at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on June 1, 2022.A + DEPARTMENT of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire rejected on Friday, June 3, 2022, calls to lift the state of calamity in the country despite the low coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases.The United Nations health agency faced criticism for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the pace of its response to early cases that may have delayed detection and helped the virus to spread.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the lifting of the state of calamity is “being discussed among government agencies.” “Sa IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease], napag-usapan nung isang beses (At the IATF, it was discussed recently) but we also presented the operational implications to this,” said Vergeire in a press briefing on Friday, June 3.5 million of COVID-19 aid, media and police said Thursday.One example of this operational implication is the emergency use authorization (EUA) of Covid-19 vaccines in the country, said Vergeire.She said the lifting of the state of calamity, which is set to expire in September, is at the discretion of the President.“Pag nawala na ang state of calamity, nalift iyan, yung EUA natin hindi na iyan magwo-work (Once the state of calamity is lifted, our EUA will no longer work).ADVERTISEMENT They reportedly lured around 200 participants — mostly university and high-school students — through a messaging app, promising that the money would be invested in cryptocurrency.So, government has to discuss thoroughly on this para mapag-usapan para magkaroon ng CPR [Certificate of Product Registration] ang mga bakuna dito sa ating bansa (in order for the vaccines here in our country to have a CPR),” she said.He added that the new committee would also conduct oversight of the WHO’s health emergencies program in ordinary times to ensure it is fit to respond.

“And for us to have CPR, the manufacturers have to finish the Phase 4 of their clinical trials.FEATURED STORIES.He said the country can already manage and control should there be another Covid-19 surge.Marami tayong kailangan i-prepare (We have a lot to prepare) before we can readily do this lifting of state of calamity,” she added.The DOH is also assessing the vaccination coverage, particularly in terms of those who already received the booster shots, said Vergeire.“The challenge for our government— to have this increase uptick for boosters.(With LMY/SunStar Philippines) View Comments Disclaimer SunStar website welcomes friendly debate, but comments posted on this site do not necessarily reflect the views of the SunStar management and its affiliates.Pag mababa ang uptick ng boosters, ibig sabihin ang immunity ng population ay medyo bumababa (When the uptick of boosters is low, it means that the immunity of the population is waning),” she added.

The DOH is also monitoring the number of cases, especially with the “influx of new subvariants.” “Looking at our situation right now, baby steps tayo.Forum Rules Do not use obscenity.We are looking at this process kung saan we are assessing day-by-day kung ano ang nagiging sitwasyon ng ating bansa (Looking at our situation right now, we are taking baby steps.We are looking at this process wherein we are assessing the situation of our country day-by-day),” it said.“So, kailangan po natin pagtrabahuhan lahat iyan (we need to work on all these first) before we can finally give that recommendation to our president or next administration if this state of calamity will be lifted or not,” she added.Do not veer away from the discussion.

The validity of the Covid-19 state of calamity will be until September of this year..

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