(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 23 April 2021) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "BISING" {SURIGAE} was located based on all available data at 575 km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes (21.4°N, 127.4°E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 170 km/h. It is moving East Northeastward at 20 km/h. Caraga Region will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to moderate wind from Northwest to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas/0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Monday, December 21, 2020


STATEMENT OF VACCINE CZAR CARLITO G. GALVEZ, JR. ON RUMORS SURROUNDING INDIVIDUAL RESERVATION FOR COVID-19 VACCINES

Reports have reached our office regarding alleged individual reservations being made for COVID-19 vaccines here in the Philippines.

According to these reports, people can reserve a vaccine if they paid a fee of $22 before 9:00 a.m. of December 21, 2020. The said vaccine will be available by the third quarter of 2021. 

We would like to remind the public that only the Philippine government is duly authorized to procure COVID-19 vaccines and administer them. 

Any other offers of guaranteed access to any of the vaccines is not only illegal, but also life-threatening.

Coordination is being made with concerned agencies to identify those responsible for this misinformation and for their possible prosecution.

The government, through the Vaccine Expert Panel and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still in the process of evaluating the clinical trials of the candidate vaccines, and therefore, Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) have not been issued.

As such, it should be made clear that none of these vaccines should be sold to the the public pending the issuance of EUAs. All vaccines that are reportedly being sold through the black market are deemed illegal. 

Due to the proliferation of false information regarding the availability of COVID-19 vaccines and procuring them through private means, the public is requested to be discerning in what they share, especially those coming from social media platforms.

Let us keep in mind that the spread of false information during this critical time may cost lives. 

This is to assure our countrymen that the government is exerting all efforts to secure safe, effective, and cost-effective COVID-19 vaccines for Filipinos at the most appropriate time. May I appeal to our countrymen to be patient and exercise good judgement, as we await the arrival of the vaccines. THE VACCINE WILL BE GIVEN TO ALL FILIPINOS FOR FREE.

Safety should be the responsibility of each and every Filipino so we can protect our loved ones and everyone around us, as we recover and heal as one.