KUWTT: Deployment of pediatric injections challenged in court | February 4, 2022

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READ: Deployment of pediatric jabs challenged in court

A PETITION to stop the Covid-19 vaccination of children ages 5 to 11 was filed Thursday in a regional trial court in Quezon City by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO). The motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) was filed by PAO Chief Persida Rueda-Acosta with parents Dominic Almelor of Quezon City and Girlie Samonte of Tondo, Manila. The named respondents were the Department of Health (DoH), Secretary of Health Francisco Duque 3rd, Under Secretary Rosario Vergeire and the DoH Public Health Services team. They claimed that the DoH memorandum issued on January 24, 2022, “Interim Guidelines on the Management and Administration of Tozinameran Covid-19 mRNA vaccine (nucleoside-modified) [Cominarty] The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for the pediatric population aged 5 to 11” was unconstitutional. The memorandum states that if a parent or guardian refuses to consent to vaccination despite the minor’s desire to be vaccinated, “the state can act as parens patria and give the necessary consent. “The state may be represented by Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), according to the memorandum. The petitioners said the memorandum completely disregards the right of a parent or guardian to decide the best interests , welfare, life and health of the child.

READ: Pedia hits rollout moved to Monday

Vaccination for children ages 5-11 has been moved to Monday, February 7, due to delays in delivery of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to be used in the deployment. The rollout was scheduled to kick off today, February 4. A joint statement from the Department of Health (DoH) and the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF) says the first shipment of approximately 700,000 doses of reformulated vaccines will arrive Friday evening. The deployment was rescheduled “to ensure adequate preparation and distribution of Pfizer vaccines allocated to children aged 5-11 years”.

READ: Government won’t scrap alert level system

The government’s pandemic task force does not see the alert level system being scrapped any time soon, said Cabinet Secretary and co-chair of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Karlo Alexei Nograles. An area, however, can be placed under the less stringent Alert Level 1 if hospital bed utilization falls below the 49% threshold, and if it has a two-week growth rate of zero and a average daily attack rate of less than one, Nograles said.

READ: Pharmacy shots have spread to Cebu City

THE government has expanded its program to use pharmacies as Covid-19 vaccination centers in Cebu City. Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. and the Cebu local government launched the city’s first pharmacy “Resbakuna sa Botika” at the Rose Pharmacy on Wednesday. In his remarks, Galvez said the program was part of the government’s plan to delegate the vaccination function to local government units (LGUs) and the marketing of Covid-19 vaccines.

READ: ‘Comelec vacancies won’t affect polls’

THE Electoral Commission (Comelec) has assured that the May elections will go smoothly despite the retirement of President Sheriff Abas and two commissioners. The commission en banc now has only four members. Comelec spokesman James Jimenez gave the assurance on Wednesday even as he admitted the real challenge is settling pending cases, among others, which require the collective decision of the en banc.

BUSINESS: Lopez fights for RCEP ratification this year

On to business, following the Senate’s failure to ratify the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement, Commerce Secretary Ramon Lopez has expressed optimism that the trade deal will be ratified this year . In a statement Thursday, Lopez said he understands there are other important local bills that need to be acted on, but he hopes the Senate will eventually approve RCEP’s ratification when it resumes. session this year.

SPORTS: Gilas youth players can join Chot national team

In sports, returning Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes is looking to the core of TNT Tropang Giga to play for the February window of the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers starting on February 23. However, available members of the young squad who previously played for the national team of the FIBA ​​Asian Cup Qualifiers and Olympic Qualifying Tournament can still be part of the squad, according to the president of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Al Panlilio.

READ: Opinion and Editorial

Rigoberto Tiglao and Ruben Torres are the front-page columnists today. Tiglao reposts a column that discusses a company involved in the overthrow of a former Ukrainian president, while Torres discusses current tensions in said country.

Today’s editorial discusses developments in Myanmar. Read a full version in the opinion section of the newspaper or listen to the voice of the times.

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On behalf of the Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a safe Friday.

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