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FDA: Unprescribed oxygen can kill Covid-19 patients

No shortage of medical oxygen tanks

 August 13, 2021

MANILA – The head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday assured that there is no shortage of medical-grade oxygen tanks in the country, saying the use and hoarding of unprescribed oxygen tanks may lead to injuries or death.In a virtual briefing, FDA Director-General Eric Domingo… Read More

FDA-approved vaccines still effective against variants

The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday (July 14) said all approved vaccines still provide protection against variants of concern despite their reported reduced efficacy.

FDA Director-General Eric Domingo said COVID-19 vaccines are not used for COVID-19 treatment, but as an additional protection to prevent hospitalization due to severe and critical illness.

“Nababawasan ang pagkaka-COVID ‘pag nabakunahan, pero walang 100% effective. There’s a chance na magka-COVID, pero ang gusto natin mild at hindi maospital,” Domingo said in the July 14 Laging Handa briefing.

Recent reports showed that there has been an increase of COVID-19 Delta variant cases in Indonesia, and among the infected were some who were already vaccinated.

“Although may reduced efficacy of 10% to 20% … Mayroon pa ring proteksyon na maibibigay… ‘Yung real world effectiveness niya ay maganda naman,” Domingo said.

The official added that there is no sufficient evidence yet to prove that booster shots of Western vaccines can increase the protection of those initially vaccinated with Sinovac and Sinopharm.

In the Philippines, more than three million individuals are fully vaccinated and around 10 million individuals are to receive their second dose.

 Malacañang said the country continues to expand its healthcare capacity and border control measures to guard against more contagious variants entering the country. – Report from Naomi Tiburcio/AG-jlo


Hopes clinical trials show Ivermectin works

 May 6, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night expressed hope that local clinical trials of Ivermectin would show that they are safe and effective for human use against Covid-19.Duterte, in a pre-recorded talk to the people, said he believes that “there has to be some truth”… Read More


The country has recorded 24 deaths following vaccination against COVID-19.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) director general Eric Domingo said, however, that most or 19 of the fatalities, reported as adverse events following immunization (AEFI), were found to be “coincidental.”

Domingo explained that the cause of death was not related to vaccination and was due to other illness or causes, adding that majority of the fatalities had existing comorbidities.

The Philippines on Friday recorded 8,719 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 979,740. 

  • Active cases: 102,799 or 10.5% of the total
  • Recoveries: 13,812, pushing total to 860,412
  • Deaths: 159, bringing total to 16,529

A total of 13,812 individuals have recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Friday, bringing the country’s total recoveries to 860,412 or 87.8 percent of all infections, according to the Department of Health (DOH).In its daily Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH also… Read More


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the conduct of clinical trials for the use of the controversial drug Ivermectin to treat Covid-19 infections.

FDA director-general Eric Domingo on Tuesday said the President ordered the trials in a televised briefing, a day after the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) announced that it was preparing to conduct trials for the anti-parasitic drug.

Duterte closely monitoring updates on Ivermectin

 April 21, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is closely monitoring the developments concerning the controversial drug Ivermectin here and abroad, Malacañang said Wednesday.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark after Duterte directed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the… Read More

Clinical trials on use of Ivermectin ‘welcome development’: solon

 April 20, 2021

MANILA – Deputy Speaker Bernadette Herrera on Tuesday lauded the government’s decision to hold clinical trials on the use of the anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin to find treatments for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).During the Laging Handa public briefing, Herrera said while the conduct of… Read More