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Moderna Setting up in the Philippines. WHO IA2030 Goals Include 500 New Vaccines for Low & Middle Income Nations. 390K Bivalent Jabs Arriving by the End of May 2023? Covid-19 Cases Rising, DOH Trying
to calm media and health expert induced populace fears. US Travel Alert issued over rising diphtheria cases.
Moderna has announced that it will be setting up facilities in the Philippines, no doubt having negotiated a sweetheart deal with PBBM who is currently in the US. The discussion involves a setting up of a “shared service facility for pharmacovigilance”. I thought pharmacovigilance was to do with safety! Will this be beneficial for the health of Filipinos and their neighbors?
They will be in good company with the proposed Virology and Vaccine Institute of the Philippines (VIP) pending under Senate Bill 941 which was filed in August 2022, if it prospers.
Plant, animal and human viruses will be targeted for research and vaccine development by the VIP.
WHO 2030 Immunization Agenda
The setting up of a VIP and welcoming company’s such as Moderna fits in well with the WHO pandemic treaty plans and WHO’s IA2030 goals for a world where vaccines are delivered to all!
WHO will target 90% coverage for “essential vaccines” and introduce new or under-utilized vaccines such as Covid-19, HPV, and rotavirus. Sounds like a big marketing push.
WHO claim that their IA2030 will save 50 million lives over 10 years! Based on modelling? How many will be harmed? Why is no-one asking questions on safety? Will these products, 500 new vaccines in the next 7 years and the turning of Filipinos into vaccine pincushions, help or hinder health! Tested how? 500 types of vaccines don’t even currently exist. How will they bring 500 new vaccines in the next 7 years?
There has still been no fair assessment of Covid-19 vaccine outcomes yet, even as deaths and injuries continue to mount!
DOH to Finally (Maybe) Get Its Bivalent Jabs
390K bivalent jabs are possibly arriving by the end of May. Bivalent vaccines received an EUA authorization last December 2022, before the State of Health Emergency Lapsed. After that lapse, the EUA allowed consumption of on-hand stocks.
How the DOH has bypassed this clause is unknown. However, the Bivalent Doses importation has apparently been facilitated by waivers to liability clauses granted by the donating country.
Covid-19 Cases Rise (Slightly) as DOH Tries to Calm Fears
Dr. Guido kindly tracks and presents Philippines daily case numbers and positivity over on twitter.
Covid-19 cases have risen by 42% as of 30 April 2023. For the week of 24-30 April daily cases averaging 637 added 4,456 new cases to DOH’s running total. Of these, only 22 were reported as critical. No current or backdated deaths have been reported in the last 12 days.
While the media announced the increase with dramatic headlines, DOH’s Vergeire is reported to be downplaying these cases and has urged the public to tolerate slight changes in cases, which are to be expected given Covid-19’s endemicity.
Vergeire pointed out that positivity is not a good basis to determine the Covid-19 situation, given that people are mostly now tested only when actually sick.
This same advocate wants mandatory second boosters for young adults, even though Covid-19 vaccines have never been officially mandated in the Philippines, and ignoring that young healthy adults are lowest risk and lowest priority for C19 Vaccination.
Diphtheria Cases on the Rise; How Alarming Should 32 Cases Be?
Other illnesses are getting some attention. The US embassy has just warned it’s citizens over a rise in Diphtheria cases in the Philippines.
To look further at the actual detected cases, I went to the Epidemic-Prone Disease Case (ECDC) Surveillance data, to find the most recent data from the DOH disease surveillance statistics site which was up to 1st April 2023.
EDCS reports from 2023 Morbidity Week 13 show a 700% increase in diphtheria cases. That sounds terrifying until the number reveal that increase was from 4 in 2022 to 32 in the same period of 2023.
A breakdown of cases from page 3, Annex A showed no new cases in the week of March 26 to April 1. Of course, the report is a month old, and further cases have likely since been reported.
With such small overall numbers, 4 cases increasing to 32 cases and considering likely under detection and under-reporting in both years, it would be wise NOT to overreact. Not to take such alarmist news at immediate face value.
We should have learned better by now than to be taken in by screaming headlines about diseases and fearmongering. A little research may well reveal much ado about nothing much!