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Philippines police threaten social distancing violators with caning
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Filipinos wearing masks and face shields for protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk along a street market in Manila, Philippines, December 3, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez/File PhotoMANILA (Reuters) - Philippine police on Friday threatened to cane people who violate social distancing protocols as the Southeast Asian nation fights the spread of the coronavirus during the festive season. “It can be used to cane the hardheaded,” Binag said, adding that the “social distancing patrols” would focus on high-traffic areas such as transport hubs and public markets. Authorities have apprehended, warned and penalised around 700,000 people since March for violating measures such as ignoring physical distancing and not wearing masks, police data shows. With more than 436,000 infections and around 8,500 deaths, the Philippines has the second highest COVID-19 cases and casualties in Southeast Asia, next to Indonesia.
Persons: Eloisa Lopez, Cesar Binag, ” Binag, Rodrigo Duterte Organizations: REUTERS, Philippine, Police, Authorities Locations: Manila, Philippines, MANILA, Southeast Asia, Indonesia
Vietnam reports first locally transmitted coronavirus infection in 89 days
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Vietnamese authorities are conducting intensive contact tracing after discovering the country's first confirmed local transmission of the coronavirus in 89 days. The new case ended Vietnam's streak of 89 days without any known local transmission of the virus. The country has reported 1,347 coronavirus cases, including 35 deaths. In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region: Coronavirus quarantine restrictions will continue in the Philippine capital during the Christmas season in Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation. The Philippines has reported more than 431,600 coronavirus infections, the second-highest in Southeast Asia, and at least 8,392 deaths.
Persons: Tre, Rodrigo Duterte, Duterte Organizations: Health, Health Ministry, Roman Catholic Locations: Ho Chi Minh City, Japan, Da Nang, Vietnam, Vietnam's, Asia, Pacific, Philippine, Asia's, Metropolitan Manila, Philippines, Southeast Asia
Covid restrictions will remain in Philippines through holiday season
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
Covid restrictions will remain in Philippines through holiday seasonMANILA, Philippines — Coronavirus quarantine restrictions will remain imposed in the Philippine capital during the Christmas season this month and officials said they will ban big Christmas parties in Asia’s largest Roman Catholic nation to prevent new infection spikes. The restrictions ban large public gatherings, actual school classes and entertainment businesses but allow shopping malls, restaurants and essential shops, including barber shops, to operate with required safeguards, including the wearing of face masks and shields and social distancing. Duterte lamented that many still defy quarantine restrictions like the wearing of face masks and warned of a possible resurgence of infections like in some Western countries. “In the Philippines, it’s hard-headedness," Duterte said. The Philippines has reported more than 431,600 confirmed coronavirus infections, the second-highest in Southeast Asia, with at least 8,392 deaths.
Persons: Rodrigo Duterte, Duterte Organizations: Roman Locations: Philippines, MANILA, Philippine, Asia’s, Metropolitan Manila, Southeast Asia
November's Covid-19 tally: 4M cases, 37,000 dead
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
SEE NEW POSTSNovember's Covid-19 tally: 4M cases, 37,000 dead Covid-19 surged across the country in November infecting 4,389,678 people, more than double October's figure, according to NBC News' tally. There were 37,172 reported deaths in the month. Several states set single-day records for reported cases and deaths Monday: Tennessee reported 7,975 cases. The move comes a day after rival Moderna said it was asking U.S. and European regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine. The number of Covid-19 cases has been rising in Russia, with the country experiencing a record number of deaths on Monday at 569.
Persons: BioNTech, Jan, Rodrigo Duterte, Duterte, won’t, Moderna, Basta, Vasily Vakulenko, Anton Novoderezhkin, Vasiliy Vakulenko Organizations: NBC News, Rhode, Moderna, Pfizer, BioNTech, European Union, European Medicines Agency, Regulators, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, EMA, European Commission, Roman, Northwest Evaluation Association, U.S Locations: Tennessee, Colorado, United States, U.S, Philippines, MANILA, Philippine, Asia’s, Metropolitan Manila, Southeast Asia, Black, NWEA, Northwest, Europe BERLIN, Europe, Russian, Moscow, Russia, St, Petersburg
SEE NEW POSTSModerna and Pfizer-BioNTech ask European regulators for coronavirus vaccine approval Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech asked European Union regulators for Covid-19 vaccine fast-track approval Tuesday, but the decision will likely take longer than in the United States. 's European Medicines Agency said it will meet to discuss the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by Dec. 29, and Moderna's by Jan. 12. After the EMA makes a recommendation, it would then be sent to the European Commission, the E.U. Share this -Pfizer and BioNTech apply for emergency vaccine approval in Europe BERLIN — German pharmaceutical company BioNTech and its U.S. partner Pfizer say they have submitted an application for conditional approval of their coronavirus vaccine with the European Medicines Agency. The move comes a day after rival Moderna said it was asking U.S. and European regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine.
Persons: BioNTech, Jan, Rodrigo Duterte, Duterte, won’t, Moderna, Basta, Vasily Vakulenko, Anton Novoderezhkin, Vasiliy Vakulenko Organizations: Moderna, Pfizer, BioNTech, European Union, European Medicines Agency, Regulators, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, EMA, European Commission, Roman, Northwest Evaluation Association, U.S Locations: United States, U.S, Philippines, MANILA, Philippine, Asia’s, Metropolitan Manila, Southeast Asia, Black, NWEA, Northwest, Europe BERLIN, Europe, Russian, Moscow, Russia, St, Petersburg
N.J. to limit outdoor gatherings, pause indoor sports
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +8 min
SEE NEW POSTSN.J. to limit outdoor gatherings, pause indoor sports New Jersey is tightening its rules yet again for outdoor gatherings and indoor sports in the wake of climbing coronavirus infection rates in recent weeks. Beginning next Monday, outdoor gatherings will be limited from 150 people to 25, according to an executive order signed by Gov. There were 37,172 reported deaths in the month. Several states set single-day records for reported cases and deaths Monday: Tennessee reported 7,975 cases. The number of Covid-19 cases has been rising in Russia, with the country experiencing a record number of deaths on Monday at 569.
Persons: Phil Murphy, Murphy, Shane Wilson, Jeff Roberson, BioNTech, Jan, Rodrigo Duterte, Duterte, won’t, Moderna, Basta, Vasily Vakulenko, Anton Novoderezhkin, Vasiliy Vakulenko Organizations: Gov, Hospital, NBC News, Rhode, Moderna, Pfizer, BioNTech, European Union, European Medicines Agency, Regulators, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, EMA, European Commission, Roman, Northwest Evaluation Association, U.S Locations: Jersey, New Jersey, Covid, Scotland, Memphis, Mo, Tennessee, Colorado, United States, U.S, Philippines, MANILA, Philippine, Asia’s, Metropolitan Manila, Southeast Asia, Black, NWEA, Northwest, Europe BERLIN, Europe, Russian, Moscow, Russia, St, Petersburg
SEE NEW POSTSChief adviser to Operation Warp Speed: Children should receive Covid-19 vaccine last Children should be among the last to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, the chief science adviser to Operation Warp Speed argued Tuesday. Overall, children fare better than adults when they catch Covid-19, although there have been rare severe and even fatal pediatric cases. Slaoui's comments came hours before a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine advisory committee was scheduled to meet to discuss who should receive the Covid-19 vaccine first. Several states set single-day records for reported cases and deaths Monday: Tennessee reported 7,975 cases. 's European Medicines Agency said it will meet to discuss the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by Dec. 29, and Moderna's by Jan. 12.
Persons: Slaoui, Mark Meadows, Stephen Hahn, hasn’t, Donald Trump, Hahn, Axios, Kayleigh McEnany, McEnany, Phil Murphy, Murphy, Shane Wilson, Jeff Roberson, BioNTech, Jan, Rodrigo Duterte, Duterte Organizations: Post, for Disease Control, FDA, West, NBC News, Axios, White, Fox News, Pfizer, Gov, Hospital, Rhode, Moderna, BioNTech, European Union, European Medicines Agency, Regulators, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, EMA, European Commission, Roman Locations: Jersey, New Jersey, Covid, Scotland, Memphis, Mo, Tennessee, Colorado, United States, U.S, Philippines, MANILA, Philippine, Asia’s, Metropolitan Manila, Southeast Asia
Iowa State allowing football and basketball fans back into games
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
Pfizer applied to the FDA for an emergency use authorization for its vaccine on Nov. 20. Beginning next Monday, outdoor gatherings will be limited from 150 people to 25, according to an executive order signed by Gov. Several states set single-day records for reported cases and deaths Monday: Tennessee reported 7,975 cases. 's European Medicines Agency said it will meet to discuss the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by Dec. 29, and Moderna's by Jan. 12. The Philippines has reported more than 431,600 confirmed coronavirus infections, the second-highest in Southeast Asia, with at least 8,392 deaths.
Persons: Mark Meadows, Stephen Hahn, hasn’t, Donald Trump, Hahn, Axios, Kayleigh McEnany, McEnany, Phil Murphy, Murphy, Shane Wilson, Jeff Roberson, BioNTech, Jan, Rodrigo Duterte, Duterte, won’t Organizations: FDA, West, NBC News, Axios, White, Fox News, Pfizer, Gov, Hospital, Rhode, Moderna, BioNTech, European Union, European Medicines Agency, Regulators, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, EMA, European Commission, Roman, Northwest Evaluation Association Locations: Jersey, New Jersey, Covid, Scotland, Memphis, Mo, Tennessee, Colorado, United States, U.S, Philippines, MANILA, Philippine, Asia’s, Metropolitan Manila, Southeast Asia, Black, NWEA, Northwest
An impossible choice: Teachers resign amid lack of Covid protections
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
Pfizer applied to the FDA for an emergency use authorization for its vaccine on Nov. 20. Several states set single-day records for reported cases and deaths Monday: Tennessee reported 7,975 cases. 's European Medicines Agency said it will meet to discuss the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by Dec. 29, and Moderna's by Jan. 12. The Philippines has reported more than 431,600 confirmed coronavirus infections, the second-highest in Southeast Asia, with at least 8,392 deaths. Many students had no access to computers or internet and were completely cut off from their teachers.
Persons: Mark Meadows, Stephen Hahn, hasn’t, Donald Trump, Hahn, Axios, Kayleigh McEnany, McEnany, Phil Murphy, Murphy, Shane Wilson, Jeff Roberson, BioNTech, Jan, Rodrigo Duterte, Duterte, won’t Organizations: FDA, West, NBC News, Axios, White, Fox News, Pfizer, Gov, Hospital, Rhode, Moderna, BioNTech, European Union, European Medicines Agency, Regulators, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, EMA, European Commission, Roman, Northwest Evaluation Association Locations: Jersey, New Jersey, Covid, Scotland, Memphis, Mo, Tennessee, Colorado, United States, U.S, Philippines, MANILA, Philippine, Asia’s, Metropolitan Manila, Southeast Asia, Black, NWEA, Northwest
Philippines extends partial coronavirus curbs in capital to end of 2020
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +2 min
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said that partial coronavirus restrictions will remain in the capital region until the end of the year, with the government urging Filipinos to limit Christmas gatherings to prevent a post-holiday surge in COVID-19 cases. In the Philippines, cases continued to rise after restrictions were relaxed, which he said was necessary because people needed to earn a living. Health Secretary Francisco Duque asked Filipinos to limit Christmas gatherings to immediate family members as he warned against complacency and ignoring health standards. The Philippines, which ranks 44th in terms of active COVID-19 cases worldwide, clinched its first supply deal for a coronavirus vaccine last week, securing 2.6 million shots of a potential vaccine developed by AstraZeneca. Five vaccine makers, including AstraZeneca, have applied to hold late-stage trials in the Philippines.
Persons: Rodrigo Duterte, Eloisa Lopez, Francisco Duque, Eduardo Ano Organizations: Philippine, REUTERS, Health, AstraZeneca Locations: MANILA, Philippine, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, Davao, Europe, United States, Southeast Asia, Indonesia
Throughout November, the developed world has celebrated milestones in the race for a COVID-19 vaccine. But lower-income countries may have to wait for years before they can vaccinate the majority of their population. Every American could have access to a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of April. While childhood vaccinations are becoming increasingly common in low-income income countries, people of all age groups, especially the elderly, will need the COVID-19 vaccine. Cause for optimismDespite the hurdles that lower-income countries face, mass global vaccination is still a possibility.
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The company had released trial data on Monday that showed its experimental vaccine prevented on average 70% of COVID-19 cases in late-stage trials in Britain and Brazil. They have fallen about 7% since it reported the vaccine data on Monday. Moderna shares have rallied 22% since it released its trial data on Nov. 16, while Pfizer and BioNTech are up 6% and 14% respectively since announcing data on Nov. 9. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has not commented on the trial results. The European Medicines Agency said on Thursday it would “assess data on the efficacy and safety of the vaccine in the coming weeks”.
Persons: Dado, Matt Hancock, Pascal Soriot, AstraZeneca, Pauline Londeix, ” Patrick Vallance, Boris Johnson, , Paul Hunter, ” Hunter, Moncef, ” Slaoui Organizations: AstraZeneca’s, REUTERS, AstraZeneca, Oxford University, Oxford, COVID, Britain’s Medicines, Healthcare, Agency, Pfizer, BioNTech’s, Britain’s University of East, Unilever, Shell . Moderna, BioNTech, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, FDA, European Medicines Agency, U.S Locations: MANILA, Britain, Philippines, Thailand, Brazil, Britain’s University of East Anglia, U.S
AstraZeneca had released trial data on Monday that showed its experimental vaccine prevented on average 70% of COVID-19 cases in late-stage trials in Britain and Brazil. CONFUSION ‘PROBLEMATIC’Pauline Londeix, co-founder of French drug transparency group OT-Med, said the apparent confusion over the trial results was “very problematic for public confidence in vaccines”. They have fallen about 7% since it reported the vaccine data on Monday. The U.S. regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has not commented on AstraZeneca’s vaccine trial results. Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser for the U.S. government’s vaccine programme Operation Warp Speed, has also highlighted gaps in the trial data.
Persons: AstraZeneca’s COVID, Dado Ruvic, Matt Hancock, ” Hancock, AstraZeneca, Pascal Soriot, Pauline Londeix, ” Patrick Vallance, Boris Johnson, , Paul Hunter, ” Hunter, Moncef Slaoui, ” Slaoui Organizations: AstraZeneca, REUTERS, Oxford University, Oxford, Britain’s, Healthcare, Agency, COVID, Pfizer, BioNTech’s, Britain’s University of East, , Moderna, BioNTech, Food and Drug Administration, FDA, European Medicines Agency, U.S Locations: MANILA, Britain, British, Philippines, Brazil, Britain’s University of East Anglia, U.S
Philippines, private firms to sign vaccine supply deal with AstraZeneca
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines is set to sign a supply agreement for AstraZeneca’s potential COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, the first such deal in a country aiming to further reopen its economy that has been ravaged by the pandemic. Carlito Galvez, a top coronavirus task force official, told a media briefing the deal would be for two million doses. However, Joey Concepcion, a government business adviser, told Reuters the private sector was aiming to procure more than that. The private firms will pay for the vaccine and donate half of the supply to the government, with the other half to be used to cover employees in the private sector, Concepcion said, without identifying the private companies. The government is also in talks with China’s Sinovac over a 20-50 million vaccine supply deal, as well as U.S. drugmaker Pfizer, Galvez said earlier.
Persons: Carlito Galvez, Joey Concepcion, Galvez, China’s Organizations: Reuters, AstraZeneca, University of Oxford, drugmaker Pfizer Locations: MANILA, Philippines, inoculate, Concepcion, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Asia
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Unified ASEAN can avert South China Sea conflict - Philippine minister
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Karen Lema | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
MANILA (Reuters) - Tensions in the South China Sea will increase due to a U.S.-China rivalry that could be kept in check, if only Southeast Asian countries took a united stand to influence the status quo, a top Philippine security official said on Wednesday. China says it has historical sovereignty over nine-tenths of the South China Sea. Lorenzana said the issue was front and centre during discussions since May with counterparts in Japan, China, Australia, France and the United States. That the South China Sea is important to a lot of nations,” he said. Lorenzana said Southeast Asia worries the risk of armed conflict is rising.
Persons: Delfin Lorenzana, Romeo Ranoco, ” Lorenzana, ” Lorenzana’s, Lorenzana, , Organizations: Philippine Defence, REUTERS, of Southeast Asian Nations, Defence, ASEAN Locations: MANILA, South, U.S, China, Philippine, Aquinaldo, Quezon city, Manila, Philippines, South China, Beijing, Washington, The Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Japan, Australia, France, United States, ” China, Southeast Asia
China's Manila mission says 'dangerous' U.S. creating chaos in Asia
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
MANILA (Reuters) - China’s embassy in the Philippines has denounced the United States for “creating chaos” in Asia, after a visiting White House envoy backed countries in disputes with China and accused Beijing of using military pressure to further its interests. China claim to 90% of the South China Sea includes areas claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. The United States has repeatedly sent warships to the strategic waterway to demonstrate freedom of navigation there. “Facts have proved that the U.S. is the biggest driver of the militarization,” the embassy statement said, calling it “the most dangerous external factor” in the South China Sea. The United States embassy in Manila had no immediate response.
Persons: Robert O’Brien, “ we’ve, , O’Brien Organizations: White, United Locations: MANILA, Philippines, United States, Asia, China, Beijing, Manila, Taiwan, Vietnam, U.S, South, Taiwan and Hong Kong, Brunei, Malaysia, South China
China's embassy in Manila says visiting U.S. envoy is 'creating chaos' in Asia
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Fuyang City, Anhui Province, China, July 29, 2020. China's embassy in the Philippines has denounced the United States for "creating chaos" in Asia, after a visiting White House envoy backed countries in disputes with China and accused Beijing of using militarypressure to further its interests. The United States should "stop inciting confrontation" in the South China Sea and "stop making irresponsible remarks on the Taiwan and Hong Kong issue, which are purely China's internal affairs," the statement said. O'Brien has warned China it would face a "backlash" if it attempted to use military force to coerce Taiwan, which China views as one of its provinces with no right to state-to-state ties. The United States and China have been at loggerheads over issues from technology and human rights to Chinese maritime militarization, with each accusing the other of deliberately provocative behavior.
Persons: Robert O'Brien, we've, O'Brien Organizations: White Locations: Fuyang City, Anhui Province, China, China's, Philippines, United States, Asia, Beijing, Manila, Taiwan, Vietnam, U.S, South, Taiwan and Hong Kong
'We've got your back' - Trump advisor vows U.S. support in South China Sea
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
“I think when we send that message – that peace-through-strength message – is the way to deter China. Vietnam and the Philippines have been the most vocal regional opponents to what they see as Chinese overreach in the South China Sea and its disregard for boundaries outlined in international maritime law. China claims 90% of the potentially energy-rich South China Sea, but Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam each claim parts of it. The United States has long opposed China’s expansive claims, sending warships regularly through the strategic waterway to demonstrate freedom of navigation there. Last year, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured the Philippines it would come to its defense if attacked in the South China Sea.
Persons: Robert O’Brien, Robert O'Brien, Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr, Eloisa Lopez, we’ve, , , ” O’Brien, Mike Pompeo Organizations: U.S . National, Foreign Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs, REUTERS, United, Forces Locations: MANILA, Philippines, Vietnam, China, Washington, U.S, Pasay City, Metro Manila, South, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, United States, Manila, South China
China says it will respond to U.S. admiral visit to Taiwan
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian attends a news conference in Beijing, China September 10, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia RawlinsA two-star Navy admiral overseeing U.S. military intelligence in the Asia-Pacific region has made an unannounced visit to Taiwan, two sources told Reuters on Sunday. Neither Taiwan nor the United States has officially confirmed the trip. China urges the United States to fully recognise the extreme sensitivity of the Taiwan issue, Zhao told a news briefing. China has already lodged “stern representations” with the United States, which should stop having these kinds of interactions with Taiwan, he added.
Persons: Zhao Lijian, Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Trump, China “, Zhao, , Alex Azar, Keith Krach, Robert O’Brien, Organizations: U.S . Navy, Chinese Foreign Ministry, Foreign Ministry, REUTERS, Sunday, Foreign, Health, U.S, White House Locations: BEIJING, MANILA, China, Taiwan, Taipei, Washington, U.S, Beijing, Asia, United States, Manila, , Washington . China
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine health care worker Vince Umali received a blow when the coronavirus pandemic derailed his plan to work in Canada this year, but he hopes to revive his dream of an overseas job after breakthroughs in the race to develop COVID-19 vaccines. REUTERS/Eloisa LopezThousands of health care workers usually leave the country each year in search of better-paid jobs in countries like the United States and Canada, as well as in the Middle East. The Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Romualdez said Pfizer had assured supply of its vaccine to his country once approved for distribution. Moderna Inc is expected to be the next company to seek a U.S. emergency use nod for a COVID-19 vaccine after similarly encouraging results of late-stage trials. President Rodrigo Duterte has ended the overseas travel ban for Philippine health workers, the labour minister said on Saturday, renewing the hopes of workers, although only 5,000 will be allowed to leave each year.
Persons: Vince Umali, Eloisa Lopez, , Umali, United States Jose Romualdez, Pfizer, Rodrigo Duterte Organizations: REUTERS, Pfizer Inc, Moderna Inc Locations: MANILA, Philippine, Canada, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, United States, COVID
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved ending a ban on deploying the nation’s healthcare workers, his labour minister said on Saturday, clearing the way for thousands of nurses to take up jobs overseas. Slideshow ( 2 images )“The president already approved the lifting of the temporary suspension of deployment of nurses and other medical workers,” Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello told Reuters. To ensure the Philippines has enough medical professionals to continue to fight the pandemic at home, only 5,000 healthcare workers will be allowed to leave every year, Bello said. “We are starting only with a cap of 5,000 so we will not run out (of medical workers), but this may increase eventually,” Bello said. The government in April barred nurses, doctors and other medical workers from leaving, saying they were needed to fight the coronavirus crisis at home.
Persons: Rodrigo Duterte, Silvestre Bello, Bello, ” Bello, , , Maristela Abenojar Organizations: Labour, Reuters, Higher Education, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Nurses United Locations: MANILA, Philippine, Philippines, Southeast Asia, United States, Europe
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Big Tobacco gets a pandemic pick-me-up
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Martinne Geller | Siddharth Cavale | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +8 min
Overall, tobacco sales, which have been declining for years, are still falling, many people are still trying to quit, and the picture is mixed globally. Sales have been hit in countries such as South Africa, where tobacco sales were banned for five months from late March as part of the response to COVID-19. For example, in the United States tobacco sales by volume fell 2% in the eight months to Oct. 24, according to Nielsen data. The JT Group said Russia’s Council for the Development of the Tobacco Industry, an industry association, had written to the government to try to prevent “negative consequences” of the suspension. In the United States and Britain, tobacco was on sale in stores that sell other necessities such as groceries.
Persons: Danielle Eddy, Eloisa Lopez “, , She’s, Olivier Truyman, Eddy, Truyman, Philip Morris, Imperial, what’s, Alicia Forry, that’s, , ” Forry, Alimentation, Laura Hirshbein, Eduard Vorontsov, Victoria Abramchenko, tobacconists, Altria Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Tobacco, Philip Morris International Inc, Japan Tobacco Inc, Imperial Brands, Altria, University College London, Nielsen, Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, American Tobacco Plc, U.S, Tard, World Health Organization, CDC, University of Michigan, WHO, JT, Russia’s, Tobacco Industry, BAT, Campaign, Google Locations: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, Columbus , Ohio, Brussels, COVID, United States, Europe, Britain, South Africa, United, U.S, North America, Israel, Netherlands, Brazil, Russia, France, Italy, Spain
U.S. security adviser O'Brien en route to Vietnam, Philippines
  + stars: | 2020-11-18 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.92   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: National security adviser Robert O'Brien speaks to the news media outside of the White House in Washington, U.S., Nov. 17, 2020. REUTERS/Leah MillisWASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien is on his way to Vietnam and the Philippines, countries that share U.S. concern over China’s increasingly assertive behavior and extensive maritime claims in Asia, the White House said on Wednesday. Tweets from the White House National Security Council said O’Brien would meet leaders in both countries “to reaffirm the strength of our bilateral relationships and to discuss regional security cooperation.”O’Brien’s trip follows a visit to Hanoi last month by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Washington also has concerns about human rights in the Philippines, where President Rodrigo Duterte has been engaged in a war on drugs in which thousands of urban poor have been killed, many in mysterious circumstances. On a visit last year, Pompeo assured the Philippines that Washington would come to its defense if it came under attack in the South China Sea, where Manila has competing claims with China and other countries, including Vietnam.
Persons: Robert O'Brien, Leah Millis, Robert O’Brien, O’Brien, , Mike Pompeo, Michael Nguyen, Rodrigo Duterte, Pompeo, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Trump, Xi Jinping Organizations: White, REUTERS, White House, White House National Security Council, U.S, Asia Summit, Reuters Locations: Washington , U.S, Leah Millis WASHINGTON, Vietnam, Philippines, Asia, Hanoi, Vietnamese, Washington, South China, Manila, China, Pacific, United States
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