“I tell my Filipino brothers and sisters every day that ‘six vials of Remdesivir costs 52,000 pesos but vaccination is free’, says nurse Karinna Angeles from Manila.
“Patients who need hospitalization for COVID-19 need the medicine. Patients who got vaccinated for free will not need them because they will not get COVID-19. That simple,” she added.
“COVID-19 reported deaths and CFR in the Philippines are inaccurate either by accident and design or just design,” reports Fred Harris who is a biostatistician and infectious-disease researcher for the Civil Society Solidarity Partners in Singapore.
“Fortunately several expert biostatisticians around the world have formulated blended real numbers and they are sending warnings to Pinoys from Singapore to the University of Washington in North America to get vaccinated, but I have a better reason,” says nurse Karinna Angeles. “The Philippines plan for vaccination is a good one and can be found online [here].” she added.
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Authors of this article are vaccinated with AstraZenica vaccine with only good outcomes.
“Vaccine is free, but a hospital stay will cost a fortune in many countries including the Philippines,” says Manila nurse.
“Finding the [ COVID-19 treatment] medicine is difficult. Patients die before the drug becomes available,” according to Beaver Tamesis who heads the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association in Manila. “Supply is slightly behind the demand,” he added.
“If you get seriously sick from COVID-19,” notes Karinna Angeles, “you will need to spend at least P52,000 (about $1,100.00 USD) for six vials of anti-viral medicine, Remdesivir—at senior citizen discount rates so Filipino seniors need to have their senior’s card in their wallet,” says nurse Angeles.
“On top of that expect about P48,000 to P500,000 for the hospital stay including other medicines; blood tests and other tests; and oxygen.
Philippines:P52k for 6 vials of Remdesivir, but vaccine is FREE
Philippines: 6 Vials of Remdesivir for P52,000 but Vaccine is FREE. Source supplied photo.
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“Today the number of COVID-19 deaths in the Philippines is 51,437 (0.0464% of population) . The source for this number is the Civil Society Solidarity Partners. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation of the University of Washington has pegged that number at 51,436 and forecasts 66,126 deaths by the 1st of September 2021,” says Fred Harris from the Civil Society Solidarity Partners in Singapore.
“It was a huge mistake for the Philippines to get this wrong. The fumbled pandemic response has people dismissing the data as insignificant and believing that vaccination is not necessary. According to the global epidemiology community, SARS2 vaccination is an essential part of public health now, and always will be,” he added.
“The segment of the public which sees things this way, are misguided on both counts. But I understand how the mistrust was inspired by bad government strategies like using a militaristic and violent approach to the public as a response to the pandemic,” says Mr. Harris.
“It paved the way for what the whole world has been calling corrupt practices; purchasing without any oversight; and far too many mass imprisonments for hungry Filipinos,” Dr. Harris added.
“SARS-COV-2 brings a very dangerous disease given the name COVID-19 which kills a substantial percentage of the population and leaves hundreds of millions very messed up health-wise,” continued Dr. Harris.
“COVID-19 is estimated to have killed over 7 million people around the world. Mostly COVID-19 is killing people in developing nations like the Philippines. It would not kill anyone if most people were vaccinated is what science tells us,” says the biostatistician and infectious disease researcher.
The scientists at the University of Washington estimate that the 51+ million estimated COVID-19 deaths in the Philippines is more than double the reported number of 20,566 reported last night in the Philippines.
COVID-19 is extremely dangerous but vaccinations are safe and free according to the Philippines DoH and also, hundreds of patients in a poll.
The Philippines has approved three types of Vaccines of several different makers. Each vaccination is equal in its ability to fighting COVID-19 if the full dosing schedule is followed. Here are the three largest makers.
China firm Sinovac makes CoronaVac, a traditional Vaccine
According to recent data from Indonesian doctors, the Chinese Sinovac firm’s vaccine named CoronaVac is extremely effective, more than first thought.
Sinovac’s vaccine was up to 94% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19; 98% effective at preventing death; and 96% at preventing hospitalization, all learned from a real-world study, Indonesian officials have reported in May.
Trial evaluations have been conducted in Turkey, where researchers reported it had an efficacy of 91.25 percent against Covid-19 symptomatic infections. But real world studies have shown the vaccine jab much better today.
The CoronaVac vaccine uses traditional methods like those used to end Polio. Scientist Jonas Salk used inactivated pathogen cells to create his polio vaccine in the 1950s. A deactivated particle of the virus is introduced to the human body’s immune system along with a medicine that is known to enhance immune reaction. Hence the body goes to work to build an army of T-cells in many patients and antibodies in all patients to defeat the virus.
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AstraZenica makes an Adenovirus ChAdOx1-S recombinant vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford
The AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine is a replication-defective chimpanzee adenovirus-vectored vaccine (ChAdOx1 – Chimpanzee Adenovirus Oxford 1) which expresses the gene for the unmodified Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) spike protein.
This vaccine stimulates neutralizing antibody and cellular immune responses, to help protect against COVID-19.
This vaccine is not a conventional live vaccine and it does not contain live coronavirus. The replication-defective adenovirus is live but it cannot multiply or spread throughout the body.
The modified adenovirus (viral vector) binds to the surface of human cells and delivers the genetic code for the coronavirus spike protein to the cell, where it is processed to form the spike protein itself.
Antibodies and immune cells (T-cells) in the circulation recognize the spike protein which instigates the neutralizing antibody and cellular immune responses. The immune system subsequently forms an immune memory of the coronavirus spike protein, which facilitates quick recognition and rapid immune response in the case of future SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus exposure.
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Pfizer Makes an mRNA Vaccine
- Nonsense: mRNA-based vaccines “permanently alter your DNA” (No, they don’t.)
- Nonsense mRNA-based vaccines “gene therapy” (No, they are not. They are vaccines.)
The Pfizer vaccine has produced real world results like each of the other vaccines, 90% or better efficacy against symptomatic infections. All the vaccines approved in the Philippines have a nearly 100% effectiveness at preventing death but the government wants all vaccinated persons to abide mask and shield rules. This is advisable in all countries until the last SARS-CoV-2 case is reported cured, say all of six doctors FPM.news interviewed for this article or used as a fact-check sounding board.
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8 Dec 2023
A report by the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) has lambasted social media companies for allowing the anti-vaccine movement to remain on their platforms. The report’s authors noted that social media accounts held by so-called anti-vaxxers have increased their following by at least 7·8 million people since 2019. “The decision to continue hosting known misinformation content and actors left online anti-vaxxers ready to pounce on the opportunity presented by coronavirus”, stated the report. The CCDH warned that the growing anti-vaccine movement could undermine the roll-out of any future vaccine against COVID-19.
The report noted that 31 million people follow anti-vaccine groups on Facebook, with 17 million people subscribing to similar accounts on YouTube. The CCDH calculated that the anti-vaccine movement could realise US$1 billion in annual revenues for social media firms. As much as $989 million could accrue to Facebook and Instagram alone, largely from advertising targeting the 38·7 million followers of anti-vaccine accounts. Huge sums indeed, but it is worth noting that, in 2019, Facebook generated revenue of $70·7 billion.
“Philippines Vaccination Levels for all Preventable Diseases have dropped in some cases below 50%. That is extremely dangerous,” says Nurse Angeles. “I remind my friends to get their kids’ vaccines updated.”
Pandemic Vaccines against COVID-19 are all excellent and safe.
Endemic smallpox, polio, measles, pertussis & rubella are vaccine-preventable disease only if all humans maintain the resistance. Some disease are spreading because of never-established or waning immunity. That’s the case for universal immunization and keeping the human race alive.
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