Philippines to use Sinovac vaccine on health workers

An inter-agency task force has approved a plan to inoculate FIlipino health workers against the coronavirus using vaccines from Chinese drugmaker Sinovac BIotech Ltd., according to health authorities. This was upon the recommendation of an advisory group from the Department of Health (DoH), Undersecretary Maria Rosario S. Vergeire told an online news briefing on Friday. Experts agreed the vaccine would…

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PSEi seen to correct after underperforming in Feb.

LOCAL SHARES are expected to correct today as February ends, with the month seeing the market underperforming amid local and global developments. The Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEi) declined by 58.72 points or 0.86% to close at 6,755.95 on Wednesday, while the broader all shares index fell 41.56 points or 1% to end at 4,100.16. Financial markets were closed on…

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Shares drop on delays in gov’t vaccine program

PHILIPPINE SHARES closed in the red on Wednesday as investors processed President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s decision to keep Metro Manila under strict quarantine measures until the country’s inoculation program begins. The Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEi) declined by 58.72 points or 0.86% to close at 6,755.95, while the broader all shares index fell 41.56 points or 1% to end at…

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Peso climbs vs dollar ahead of Powell remarks

THE PESO strengthened against the greenback on Tuesday as the dollar sank to a one-month low and amid expectations of supportive monetary policy from the US Federal Reserve. The local unit closed at P48.64 versus the dollar on Tuesday, gaining six centavos from its Monday’s finish of P48.70, data from the Bankers Association of the Philippines showed. The peso opened…

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Peso sinks to six-month low

THE PESO retreated against the greenback on Monday to log its weakest close in six months amid market expectations of a recovery in imports amid vaccine procurement developments. The local unit ended at P48.70 a dollar on Monday, shedding 24.9 centavos from its P48.451 finish on Friday, data from the Bankers Association of the Philippines. This is also its weakest…

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Peso to rise on hopes of eased quarantine

THE PESO could bounce back against the greenback this week on hopes that more businesses could reopen by March. The local unit ended trading at P48.451 per dollar on Friday, barely changed from its P48.50 close on Thursday, data from the Bankers Association of the Philippines showed. Week on week, however, the peso shed 40.6 centavos from its finish of…

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Why ‘soft robots’ have NASA, doctors, and tech whizzes so excited

The appeal of “soft robots” lies in their flexibility and versatility. NASA scientists envision them one day skittering across the surface of Mars. Others see them worming their way into the deepest recesses of the human body. Yet another possibility, according to Georgia Tech assistant engineering professor Ellen Mazumdar, is that they could be used to sift through the wreckage…

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National Artist for Theater Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio, 90

Best known for her work with puppets and children’s theater, National Artist for Theater Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio died on Dec. 29. This was announced by Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas, the theater group she had founded, through a Facebook post. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of National Artist Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio, University of the Philippines Professor Emeritus and…

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What we are looking forward to in 2021

Normally at this time of year, most of us are concerned with figuring out our New Year’s resolutions (that we probably won’t keep beyond the first week of January). But as every single person knows, 2020 was not a normal year, and this is not a normal New Year’s Eve. Instead of resolutions, this might be a time to think…

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