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  1. A teenage girl receives a BioNtech-Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during the inoculation of the population aged 12 to 17 at a stadium in San Juan City, suburban Manila on November 3, 2021. AFP / Ted Aljibe MANILA, Philippines — The national government is considering another three-day national vaccination run from December 15-17, the Palace said Wednesday amid fears of the newly-discovered Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Speaking in an interview aired over ABS-CBN News Channel, acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said that this decision came after the vacc
  2. “I want to kill that, I just don’t know where. I want to shoot that fool,” Duterte said during his regular public address. Presidential Photo / Simeon Celi, Jr. MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte on Monday said he wants to “shoot dead” the newly discovered Omicron variant of COVID that is spreading in some parts of the world and might jeopardize efforts to fight the pandemic. “I want to kill that, I just don’t know where. I want to shoot that fool,” Duterte said during his regular public address. The President said he hopes and prays that the new v
  3. An elderly receives a BioNtech-Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a coliseum in Makati City, suburban Manila on November 29, 2021, as the Southeast Asian nation launched a three-day vaccination drive targeting nine million people as young as 12 in an effort to accelerate the roll-out of jabs, amidst the threat of heavily mutated coronavirus variant Omicron. AFP / Ted Aljibe MANILA, Philippines — Over five million COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in the first two days of the government’s national immunization drive, the Department of Health said Wednesday. According
  4. This undated National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH handout photo obtained Aug. 1, 2021, shows a transmission electron color-enhanced micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Handout / National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases / AFP MANILA, Philippines — A member of the Department of Science and Technology’s Vaccine Expert Panel expressed support Wednesday for mandatory vaccination and travel restrictions amid the threat of the newly-discovered Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
  5. People cross a street to shop in the Divisoria district of Manila on November 30, 2021. AFP / Ted Aljibe MANILA, Philippines — For the third consecutive month, the Philippines remained the worst place to be during the pandemic, according to a global COVID-19 resilience ranking. With a score of 43.1, the Philippines placed last in Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking. The ranking captures how the world’s 53 biggest economies are responding to the health crisis. The COVID-19 outbreak in the Philippines has eased, with the Department of Health reporting ne
  6. The state’s outstanding debt load amounted to P11.97 trillion as of end-October, up 0.46% or P54.48 billion month-on-month, the Bureau of the Treasury reported Wednesday. Since the beginning of the year, liabilities have accumulated by P2.6 trillion. STAR / File MANILA, Philippines — The government’s debt pile continued its rise in October to reach a new all-time high, as the Duterte administration counts on borrowings to fund its costly coronavirus programs. The state’s outstanding debt load amounted to P11.97 trillion as of end-October, up 0.46% or P54.48 billion
  7. Yap and Pradas STAR / File MANILA, Philippines — A woman accused of co-founding the Wahana investment scam, which reportedly stole millions of pesos from investors, was arrested in Quezon City on Monday. Maria Raissa Yap, 34, was apprehended by agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group at her hideout in a subdivision in Barangay West Fairview at around 3:45 p.m., according to Col. Randy Glenn Silvio of the CIDG’s National Capital Region field office. Silvio said the operation stemmed from an intelligence information from their counterpart
  8. Stock image shows a man holding a woman wearing a white wedding dress Pexels / Jeremy Wong MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that lets women keep their maiden name even after marriage. Voting 227-0, the House approved House Bill No. 10459 which seeks to amend the New Civil Code of the Philippines to clarify that married women can continue using their maiden name. “This is no small feat for women,” said Rep. Arlene Brosas (Gabriela party-list) who co-authored the bill. “In fact, this is a welcome development in
  9. Attendees view VinFast's E36 SUV at the 2021 LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 17, 2021. Photo by Reuters/Mike Blake Vietnam's largest conglomerate Vingroup is in talks with investors, including Qatar's sovereign fund and BlackRock, to raise about $1 billion in equity for its car unit, three sources aware of the matter said. The fundraising exercise comes as VinFast, Vingroup's automobile arm, is betting big on the U.S. market, where it hopes that its electric SUVs and a battery leasing model will be enough to woo consumers away from the likes of Te
  10. Boxes and vials of the Covivac Covid-19 vaccine. Photo by VnExpress/Xuan Ngoc The third phase trial of a Vietnamese Covid-19 vaccine has been suspended over difficulties in finding volunteers, a senior scientist has announced. Vu Dinh Thiem, director of the Clinical Trial Center of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, said Tuesday that the third phase trial for the Covivac Covid-19 vaccine needed around 4,000 volunteers. With no district having thousands of unvaccinated residents who qualify for clinical trials, finding the needed volunteers h
  11. Students at the Quang Trung High School in Hanoi's Dong Da District receive Covid-19 vaccination, November 23, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy Hanoi has suspended the use of two Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine batches of around three million doses, which have had their expiration date extended. Tran Thi Nhi Ha, director of the municipal Department of Health, said parents have informed the department about the fact that two batches have had their expiration date extended. The department then decided to suspend the use of these two batches, while still using other
  12. South Korean tourists walk inside Vinpearl Resort & Spa on Long Beach in Phu Quoc Island, November 22, 2021. Photo courtesy of Vinpearl Vietnam is expected to welcome the first group of Thai tourists under an ongoing vaccine passport trial program this month, a top tourism official says. Vietnamese tourism officials would work with Thai counterparts to set up a ‘travel bubble’ scheme as Thailand has proved successful in welcoming international tourists amid Covid-19 with the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ model, Nguyen Trung Khanh, head of the Vietnam National Administration of T
  13. A part of An Thuong backpacker precinct in Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Dong Authorities in Da Nang City have approved a plan to renovate the An Thuong backpacker zone at a cost of VND36.5 billion ($1.61 million) to boost tourism. The area, which straddles Tran Bach Dang, An Thuong 2, Hoang Ke Viem, Ngo Thi Si, and Vo Nguyen Giap streets in Ngu Hanh Son District, will have surveillance cameras and a wifi system installed. Trees will be planted. Full Story: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/places/da-nang-to-renovate
  14. A person holds a smartphone in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Tuan Hung Smartphone sales in Vietnam plunged 28 percent year-on-year in the third quarter as shops were shut and mobility restrictions blocked deliveries. Sales started to fall in August and plunged deeply in September, a report by market research company Counterpoint revealed, without giving specific figures. Around 70 percent of smartphone stores in Vietnam were closed in July, which increased online sales at one of the biggest smartphone chains in Vietnam by 5.9 percentage points to 17.5 percent be
  15. A man carries a bike while treading through floodwater in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province, December 1, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Xuan Ngoc Rising floods in central Vietnam have left at least 11 people dead and five others missing, inundating tens of thousands of houses and forcing thousands to be evacuated. Among the dead victims, seven were in Phu Yen Province, three in Binh Dinh and one in Kon Tum. Five people including two children were missing in Phu Yen after being swept away by floodwaters. Around 60,000 houses in Binh Dinh and Phu Yen were flooded, accor
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