Yorme buys 40,000 pcs. anti-Covid pills


THE city of Manila bought 40,000 pieces of the new anti-viral drug Molnupiravir for mild and moderate cases of Covid19, as the infection rate in Manila is steadily declining.

This was announced by Mayor Isko Moreno, who said that the local government will continuously acquire medicines to address the coronavirus, on top or Remdesivir which is for moderate to severe cases and Tocilizumab, which is for severe to critical cases.

Moreno said that Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and his runningmate, Doc Willlie Ong, suggested the procurement of Molnupiravir, based on their research about its efficacy.

“Ipinagpapasalamat ko sa Diyos, patuloy ang pagbaba ng impeksyon sa Maynila. Medyo nama-manage na, pero may panganib pa rin…we will continue to acquire the needed medicines and strengthen our capability to treat,” Moreno said.

Citing a report from Lacuna, who, along with Manila Health Department Chief Dr. Arnold Pangan, is in charge of the city’s mass vaccination program, there are only 59 new cases reported as of October 24, while the total of confirmed, active cases is 586.

Lacuna also reported that for the past two months, the Covid cases in Manila had been in the level of 1,000 or less.

The mayor attributed the positive development to the aggressive mass vaccination processes in Manila and the implementation of open policy which was applied not only to Manilans but even non-residents as well.

Moreno tasked Lacuna, a doctor, to spearhead the city’s mass vaccination program which, during the initial stages, utilized 18 schools and four shopping malls as inoculation hubs.

At the height of the mass vaccination, Moreno said that the vaccination hubs were opened for a total of 14 hours a day, including weekends and holidays.

“Lagpas na lagpas na tayo sa minimum requirement na pinagawa sa atin ng national government and we will not stop… we will continue kahit sino me gusto, babakunahan natin hanggat meron tayong bakuna,” Moreno said.

As of this writing, the total vaccines administered in Manila has already reached 2.63 million with over 1.3 million individuals vaccinated and more than 1.2 million already fully vaccinated.

Moreno said that based on Commission on Elections (Comelec) figures, the target population of 18 years old and older is 1.06 million while as per Department of Health, it is 1,451,487. ANDI GARCIA

Photo: Pharmaceutical Technology

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