MANILA — Infections of the coronavirus in the country come closest to breaking the 53K mark after the Department of Health reported 1,233 cases Friday, 10 July 2020.
The new number of cases pushed the count further to 52,914 in the country with 848 considered as fresh cases from test results coming in the last three days and 385 from late cases four days or more.
The department also registered and additional 286 COVID-19 survivors, raising the number of recoveries to 13,230.
But 42 more people succumbed to the severe respiratory disease, bringing the death toll to 1,360.
A day before, Thursday, the DOH recorded zero deaths.
Worldwide, the novel coronavirus has already killed at least 554,000 since the outbreak emerged in China last December. Over 12.23 million cases of COVID-19 have been registered.
Meanwhile, The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through its foreign service posts, has initiated coordination between international partners and the Philippine government on vaccine developments.
The department said this is in line with government efforts to ensure that Filipinos would have access to viable coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines once available.
The DFA has reportedly initiated coordination with some 36 countries across the globe.
“Information on vaccine developments and potential international partners were endorsed by the DFA to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as the chair of the Sub-Technical Working Group (sTWG) on Covid-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials,” it said on Friday.
“We defer to DOST as TWG chair on whether information can be shared as of the moment — there may be protocols that need to be followed. As to the timetables, I believe everyone is trying to find a safe and viable vaccine as soon as possible, based on proper scientific and ethical procedures,” DFA Assistant Secretary Eduardo Meñez told reporters.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) had earlier approved Manila’s participation in clinical trials for five candidate Covid-19 vaccines, in collaboration with three developers from China and two from Taiwan.
The vaccine developers include China’s SinoPharma – Wuhan Institute and Beijing Biologicals Institute, Chinese Academy for Science – Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health, and SINOVAC Biotech, as well as Taiwan’s Adimmune Corp. and Academia Sinica.
Earlier, Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev also shared that the Philippines is keen to join the clinical trials led by Novosibirsk-based State Research Center for Virology and Biotechnology VECTOR.
“As the whole nation strives to heal as one, the DFA stands ready to support and complement efforts of Philippine government agencies in response to the current pandemic and eventually secure a viable vaccine for Covid-19 for Filipinos in the soonest possible time,” the DFA said.
Furthermore, it has also facilitated international humanitarian assistance to support the government’s Covid-19 response.
As of this posting, the agency has processed and helped in facilitating the assistance from nine countries and six of their medical agencies, four international organizations, and 33 private companies, groups, and individuals. (PNA)