US University Finds Antibody Effective Vs. Virus

US University Finds Antibody Effective Vs. Virus

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Save The Children Philippines Launches “E-Regalo Sa Mga Bata”

For every Php 10,000 raised through E-Regalo sa mga Bata, Save the Children will provide learning kits and life-saving essentials to 20 children.

DOTr Sec. Tugade Urges Drivers Of PUV To Participate In Gov’t’s Service Contract Program

Sa ilalim ng Service Contracting Program ng LTFRB, maaaring makatanggap ng karagdagang kita ang mga drayber na lubos na naapektuhan ang pangkabuhayan dahil sa COVID-19 pandemic.

In New Education Normal, Volunteers Help Fill Crucial Learning Gaps

“I volunteered because I didn’t want these kids to waste their time learning nothing,” says Emy Tarnate, one of the hundreds of volunteers helping children survive an education system altered by a global health crisis.

ECHO, OXFAM, World Vision, And ADRA Partner To Support Goni-Displaced Families In Bicol

World Vision, along with several of its partners, vows to provide immediate aid to the most affected communities in the hard-hit areas of the Bicol region.

Scientists in the US state of Pennsylvania have managed to isolate the smallest biological molecule to date that neutralizes the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is the cause of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

The molecule, which is said to completely and specifically neutralize the virus, is 10 times smaller than a full-sized antibody, said scientists on Monday at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. It is used to construct a drug known as “Ab8” for potential use against the coronavirus.

Ab8 is highly effective in preventing and treating SARS-CoV-2 infection in mice and hamsters, they said, adding that “it does not bind to human cells – a good sign that it won’t have negative side-effects in people.”

“Ab8 not only has potential as therapy for Covid-19, but it also could be used to keep people from getting SARS-CoV-2 infections,” John Mellors, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at University of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, said in the statement.

While American scientists and companies are racing to come up with a Covid-19 vaccine, other countries are also making progress.

Russia approved a vaccine in August despite Western experts voicing concerns about lack of adequate testing, and Chinese Sinovac Biotech announced on Sept. 6 that 90 percent of its employees and their families have taken an experimental vaccine.

China said Tuesday a vaccine could be available for the public as early as November, according to Wu Guizhen, head of biosafety at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, who herself took an experimental vaccine in April.

While China is the birthplace of the novel coronavirus, the country also accounts for nine of the 30 vaccines around the world that are currently under human trials. The University of Hong Kong also said last week a vaccine in the form of a nasal spray was entering its clinical trials.

On the demand side, some governments have already put plans in place to access millions of vaccines available for their public as soon as they become available.

The US Trump administration implemented Operation Warp Speed, which offers to pay Pfizer and BioNTech USD1.95 billion for 100 million doses if their vaccine proves “safe and effective,” and a USD1.6-billion deal with Novavax to manufacture and deliver 100 million doses by next January.

South Korea will purchase 20 million doses from COVAX Facility – the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access plan led by the World Health Organization – to distribute the shots fairly, and another 40 million doses from private drug companies.

The US has more than 6.5 million cases and more than 194,000 deaths from Coivid-19, according to latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

Globally, figures are almost 29.3 million infections and more than 928,000 deaths. (PNA)

AFP Deploys 25-Man Medical Team To Davao City

The 25-man medical team will help Davao City in preventing further spread of COVID-19 and increase the health system capability of the city.

TIKA Donates P1.5-M Sewing Machines To Manila City Gov’t

The PHP1.5 million-worth of donation will be used to support Manila’s livelihood project which hires Manila residents affected by the increasing unemployment brought by the global health crisis.

Save The Children PH Lauds Approval Of 2nd Reading Of Bill Raising Statutory Rape Age

Once House Bill 7836 gets the final nod, adults will get penalized if he or she has sexual intercourse with a minor below 16 years of age, even if the child gave consent.

Historic Iloilo City Plaza To Get New Look Next Year

Iloilo’s historic Plaza Libertad will have a new look before 2021 ends!

Red Cross Ship Sails To Catanduanes For Relief Mission

The Philippine Red Cross' (PRC) M/V PRC Amazing Grace sailed to Catanduanes on Wednesday to deliver relief assistance to typhoon victims.

Ilocos Norte Promotes Outdoor Workspace Amid Pandemic

Mas okay nga bang magkaroon ng outdoor workspace?

DPWH To Complete P3.4-B GenSan-SoCot Bypass Road In 2021

The DPWH is targeting to fully open late next year the PHP3.4-billion road network that connects General Santos City and the municipalities of Surallah and Tboli in South Cotabato province.

Save The Children Philippines Launches “E-Regalo Sa Mga Bata”

For every Php 10,000 raised through E-Regalo sa mga Bata, Save the Children will provide learning kits and life-saving essentials to 20 children.

Need A Fast Connection? No Worries, Grab And Globe At Home Have Got You Covered!

Starting November 24, 2020, customers can conveniently purchase Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi and Xtreme Home Prepaid WiFi devices on GrabMart.

DOT Chief Visits Baguio City, Touts Cultural Tourism With Creative Crawls

Baguio City celebrates Ibagiw 2020 to showcase the city’s rich and vibrant culture and history!