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WATCH: An INQside Look with vaccine expert Dr. Lulu Bravo

Inquirer Breaking News - 34 min 48 sec ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KauN06Uc3A MANILA, Philippines --- More than 1.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were already dispensed to priority recipients nationwide as of April 13. Still, many people remain in doubt about the safety and efficacy of the shots against the deadly respiratory disease. In view of the common goal to achieve herd immunity, what can the government and health experts do to allay people's COVID-19 vaccination fears? INQUIRER.net speaks with Dr. Lulu Bravo, executive director of the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination and chairperson of the National Adverse Events Following Immunization Committee, to delve into the adverse or unwanted seconda...

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EXPLAINER: Five things you need to know about hemophilia

Inquirer Breaking News - 34 min 52 sec ago
MANILA, Philippines ---Through Proclamation No. 1478 signed by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2008, April was declared National Hemophilia Awareness Month, and April 17 as National Hemophilia Day. In celebration of National Hemophilia Day, here are some things you need to know about this rare type of bleeding disorder. What is hemophilia? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hemophilia is a bleeding disorder in which the blood can not clot properly. This can cause spontaneous and prolonged bleeding following an injury or surgery. Hemophilia is a rare genetic disorder. However, CDC noted that it can also be developed later in life. ...

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Philippines extends ban on entry of foreigners until April 30

Inquirer Breaking News - 48 min 8 sec ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines has extended the suspension of foreign nationals' entry to the country until April 30. Malacaang in a statement Friday said this travel restriction was approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases during its meeting on Thursday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque noted that only foreign nationals "with valid entry exemption documents duly issued by the DFA [Department of Foreign Affairs] prior to March 22, 2021, will be allowed entry to the Philippines." The suspension of foreign nationals' entry to the Philippines was supposed to lapse on April 21 as previously announced by the Natio...

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US judge turns up heat on Mexican drug baron wanted by FBI

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 3 min ago
NEW YORK --- A US judge authorized the seizure Thursday of five properties belonging to one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, Mexican drug baron Rafael Caro Quintero. New York prosecutors say the properties in Mexico were bought by Caro Quintero, the head of a faction of the notorious Sinaloa cartel, with money obtained from drug trafficking. "The United States will seek to enforce this order through diplomatic channels," the Eastern District of New York said in a statement following Judge Eric Vitaliano's ruling. Caro Quintero is on the list of the FBI's 10 most wanted fugitives, with a $20 million bounty on his head. The United States accuses him of ordering the kidna...

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FDA grants Ivermectin compassionate special permit to another hospital

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 10 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Another hospital has been granted a compassionate special permit (CSP) to use Ivermectin in the treatment of COVID-19, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director-General Eric Domingo disclosed Friday. Domingo did not disclose which hospital was given the second CSP for Ivermectin. He merely said it is a private hospital. "Two hospitals na actually 'yung nag-apply sa atin and have been given CSP," Domingo said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel's Headstart. Domingo also confirmed the information to INQUIRER.net in a text message. On April 8, FDA announced it has granted a hospital, the name of which was not disclosed due to privacy issues, a CSP...

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New Zealand and Australia were Covid success stories. Why are they behind on vaccine rollouts?

CNN Top Stories - 1 hour 20 min ago
Over the past year, New Zealand has been celebrated for its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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COVID-hit Año back to work after extended leave of absence

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 35 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Ao is returning to work on Friday, following his extended leave of absence that started in January. DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said Ao has scheduled a meeting with agency officials on Friday morning. "Ngayong araw babalik ng trabaho si Secretary Eduardo Ao... Nagpapasalamat kami sa lahat ng nagdasal at nagbigay ng suporta sa kanya," Malaya said in an interview with Teleradyo. (Secretary Eduardo Ao will return to work today... We want to thank those who prayed for him and extended support.) "Ang kanyang mga doktor ay nagbigay na ng clearance sa kanya para makabalik sa trab...

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Yayoi Kusama shows usually draw millions of visitors. Will the pandemic limit appeal and numbers?

CNN Top Stories - 1 hour 37 min ago
A Yayoi Kusama exhibition that opened on April 10 at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) will include a newly commissioned version of the Japanese artist's celebrated series of immersive "Infinity Mirror Rooms," the centerpiece of many Kusama shows.
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LIST: Persons eligible to get COVID-19 vaccine under A4 category

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 56 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Transportation workers, market vendors, religious leaders, overseas Filipino workers, and members of the press are among those eligible to be vaccinated under the A4 group of the government's vaccination program priority as approved by the COVID-19 task force. In a statement Friday, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has approved the following as part of the A4 group: commuter transport (land, air, and sea), including logistics, workers; public and private wet and dry market vendors; frontline workers in groceries, supermarkets, delivery services; wor...

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Spies vs. scientists on the origin of Covid

CNN Top Stories - 2 hours 45 sec ago
The science: Scientists are coalescing around the idea that Covid-19 probably spread to people through an animal or animals.
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Quirino province stays under MECQ until April 30

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 7 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Quirino province will remain under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until April 30, Malacaang said Friday. "The IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases] approved the extension of the risk-level classification of Quirino Province under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine until April 30, 2021," presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement. As of April 13, Quirino province recorded 1,115 COVID-19 cases, of which 220 are active. Earlier, it was announced that Quirino province will only be under MECQ from April 1 to April 15. Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna are also under...

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DILG deliberates on requests to extend ECQ aid distribution

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 16 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Authorities are now studying whether to implement a case-to-case or a blanket extension on the distribution of financial assistance for those affected by recent lockdowns in the so-called National Capital Region (NCR) Plus bubble. DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said various local government units (LGUs) have already sent a formal request to their office regarding the extension of the cash aid distribution. "'Yan ang pag-uusapan nila [DILG] Secretary (Eduardo) Ao, sila ang magdedesisyon niyan kung case-to-case basis o gagawin naming blanket extension," Malaya said in an interview over Teleradyo on Friday. (That's being discussed. They will decide if i...

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Zuckerberg urged to nix kids’ version of Instagram

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 29 min ago
San Francisco, United States --- Advocates for children from around the world urged Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday to ditch plans for a version of Instagram geared toward pre-teens. Campaign for a Commercial-free Childhood and the Electronic Privacy Information Center were among nearly 100 groups and individuals from North America, Europe, Africa, and Australia to make the plea in a letter to Zuckerberg. Instagram "exploits young people's fear of missing out and desire for peer approval," the letter contended. "The platform's relentless focus on appearance, self-presentation, and branding presents challenges to adolescents' privacy and well-being," it argued, bui...

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Biden to use meeting with Japan's prime minister to send 'clear signal' to China

CNN Top Stories - 2 hours 35 min ago
President Joe Biden plans to use his meeting with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday to send a signal to China that the countries are united in their opposition to recent aggression against Taiwan as the US seeks to refocus its foreign policy in East Asia.
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BREAKING: Severe Tropical Storm Bising enters PAR

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 40 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Severe Tropical Storm Surigae (international name) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday morning, according to the state weather bureau. The weather disturbance will now be known locally as "Bising." "At 6:20 AM today, Severe Tropical Storm 'SURIGAE' entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility and was assigned the domestic name 'BISING'," the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in a tweet. https://twitter.com/dost_pagasa/status/1382836034203885570 In its 4 a.m. weather bulletin, the state weather bureau said the storm has maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour...

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How many T. rex were there? Billions, it turns out

CNN Top Stories - 2 hours 41 min ago
Billions of Tyrannosaurus rex roamed North America during their fascinating reign as top predators, according to a team of researchers that went about the daunting task of making the calculation.
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China’s Q1 GDP to hit record growth as recovery speeds up

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 51 min ago
BEIJING --- China's economic rebound likely quickened sharply in the first quarter from a coronavirus-induced slump earlier last year, propelled by stronger demand at home and abroad and continued government support for smaller firms. Data released on Friday is expected to show the gross domestic product (GDP) jumping a record 19% in the first quarter from a year earlier, after a 6.5% expansion in the last quarter of 2020, a Reuters poll showed. While the reading will be heavily skewed by the plunge in activity a year earlier, the expected jump would be the strongest since at least 1992, when official quarterly records started. Aided by strict virus containment measures and ...

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Severe Tropical Storm Surigae slightly intensifies as it nears PH

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 5 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Severe Tropical Storm Surigae (international name) slightly gained strength as it approaches the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported on Friday morning. In its 4 a.m. weather bulletin, the state weather bureau said Surigae remains outside PAR and was located 985 kilometers east of Mindanao. Surigae intensified a little, now with maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of 135 kph, as it continues to move westward at 10 kph. The storm is expected to enter PAR this Friday morning and will be named "Bising" (local name) onc...

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COVID-19 deaths in France exceed 100,000, eighth-highest toll in the world

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 21 min ago
PARIS --- France's COVID-19 death toll rose on Thursday to more than 100,000, according to the latest hospital figures from the health ministry, a bleak statistic for President Emmanuel Macron's government. Data from the health ministry's GEODES website said French hospitals registered 300 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, which, pushing the overall tally to more than 100,000. "As all our energy is now focused on exiting this ordeal, we will not forget any face or any name," Macron said on Twitter. France has the world's eighth-highest COVID-19 death toll. The United States is the worst-hit country in terms of COVID deaths, at 564,759, followed by Brazil, Russia, and Mex...

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