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https://open.spotify.com/episode/0Lcfl4OnhbffbpDUo43UKL?si=QR6ySaCUR5yXmMJNCguBNQ IT must now be said. The skeptics and Sinovac naysayers have been right all along. The Chinese vaccines against Covid-19 — be they Sinovac or Sinopharm — have low effectiveness rate and can reasonably be refused by prospective vaccinees on the grounds of efficacy and safety. According to...

The bizarre saga of Secretary Harry Roque’s hospitalization

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6GCtDKOAVwh8XrTPUtCVXR?si=-S8ctlHbT5-w8DzoEidemA IT is journalistically difficult to avoid remarking on the hospitalization for Covid of Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. and its statics. On the one hand, we want to leave the...

Effective response to Covid can reap political dividends

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6559nObV5fkfDqK6dSZ7K6?si=od3v4fojQMewLyjX-lxZUg Vietnam has been on many peoples’ radar, most recently because of its effective response to the pandemic. That success was largely credited to Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who was rewarded...

Better education needed on vaccines

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1Q8Vep8ClmlTaNQgFY1xP6?si=KWxmQf2RRCidupo1M4g-iQ THE news on Thursday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had ordered a temporary halt to the use of the AstraZeneca AZD1222 vaccine was most alarming, not because...

PH should retire the word ’Filipina’ to denote nationality for Filipino women

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4LDipBmiLxdRSAjkx6J3TS?si=gGDaDxvJQeSg2d_3MF71hA IT is striking and primeval that the Filipino nation virtually stands alone in the world in having one nationality name for its male citizens (Filipino) and another for its...

The ‘smoking gun’ at the bottom of the ocean

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1L6HzUnOlDl4AHSXXfEPZg?si=8MJ1hWieTbC1oty6eYEqzQ ON March 23, Filipino oceanographer Deo Florence Onda and American explorer Victor Vescovo made a remarkable journey to the Emden Deep, the deepest spot in the Philippine Trench east...

Misinformation is the pandemic we can cure

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3i34TecTmb9SSKPI8RBohN?si=OVty-bdzRRa6492lvSVF0A IT is unsurprising, considering the great fear and worry the surge of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is causing in the Philippines right now, but the equal surge in...

People need convincing justification for unending quarantine

https://open.spotify.com/episode/444qaGYdxx2sNotRpmOrMq?si=I4hrxaCMRByDAhX5BC6qlw HEALTH officials and government communicators should not just surrender to laziness and cliché in justifying or explaining the government’s decision to impose another week of the enhanced community quarantine...

DoH must disclose more info on PH Covid-testing system

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1iWHp4wnK4fTFs7LjRXm5K?si=Y9NRjpjlRiW-QFnvxTDNnQ THE recent report by the Department of Health (DoH) about a new daily record high in new Covid infections (or cases) would not be so unsettling if, as a...

Continuing surge pushes country to the precipice

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0YlTmjMSUkGRlq9e5fFvRh?si=HJUq2ctqSBu1rrd-XLXiTw Hopes for a rapid and robust economic recovery this year seem to be fading, as new Covid-19 cases continue to climb. Every week, it seems, record highs are broken....

Thumbs down on longer lockdown

https://open.spotify.com/episode/7J9OYHW75uTp5UAsZsBM20?si=QKQD3UysQECnokIG8PS0SA LATER today (Saturday, April 3), President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to make a decision on whether or not the enhanced community quarantine imposed over the so-called NCR Plus –...

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President Rodrigo Duterte told government officials to spare no expense if it is for Covid-19 response. “‘Wag kayo matakot mag-gastos just follow the rules (Don’t...

PH Covid deaths hit 15,000

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LPA spotted off Mindanao

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Fed chair says cyberattacks main risk to US economy

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell said he was more worried about the risk of a large-scale cyberattack than another financial crisis like...

Iran calls on South Korea to release funds frozen under US sanctions

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