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Today is the 3 Year Anniversary of Lockdowns in the Philippines! We are Suffering Collective Trauma Over Measures, Some Still in Place, and the Consequences of What Has Been Done. Bivalent Boosters
will be delayed due to problems with manufacturer and donor indemnification which is not in place with the expired state of calamity. Lobbying against SB1869. Other diseases status. Never Again!
15th March 2020! Infamous! Unforgettable. The day most citizens and residents of the Philippines were placed under effective house arrest. School was cancelled! Only 1 person from a household was allowed out (with permit) to buy food and essentials.
Only essential workers allowed out. Residents in the compound I live in were not even initially allowed to take our dogs downstairs for their toilet business. Later we were permitted to go down 10 minutes, twice a day, stay only next to our own building. Distance from everyone! That was followed by weeks and months of limitations and restrictions. I don’t think we can ever recover from the shock of being forced to comply. then watching, waiting, researching, while wondering how we were going to survive if this continued. It did continue! It still is not over.
Sobrang Traumatic! SO TRAUMATIC!
Trauma that is still ongoing! Made worse by knowing that the WHO plans to push repeat again, again, and again, if they can get away with it. I look, with something akin to both disbelief, awe, and a touch of jealousy at those people who still seem to believe everything is good and fine and normal; who maintain trust in government and institutions. How I wish they were right and I were wrong.
DOH Cannot Accept Bivalent Purchases or Donations without Special Authorization
There will be a delay in the arrival of bivalent vaccines to the Philippines. It appears, unsurprisingly, that there is a small problem with the ability of the DOH to import vaccines due to the manufacturers and donors requiring Government indemnification from liability.
This indemnification for EUA products cannot be provided outside of the state of calamity that expired last 31 December 2022. Vergeire will be asking for special presidential authorization. Can he simply grant such an authorization upon her request? In response to the pressure of her having promised Filipinos more than a million bivalent jabs? Such an authorization must be underwritten by some forms of guarantee? Will this have to pass the Senate? Will democracy stand, or will it be further bent by malevolent vested interests that have no care for the mayhem, disability, and death these products have already delivered.
Lobbying Against SB1869 Which Sets up the Philippines CDC and Structures for Subservience to WHO IHRs Ongoing
Lobbying Against SB1869 continues with both individuals and various groups demonstrating in front of the senate and directly contacting and discussing concerns with all senators.
A huge banner protesting SB1869 has been hung in front of the Senate. Senators full contact details are available here. Concerned members of the public are invited to write to senators to express their concerns.
Covid-19 Cases. 2-Year Old Deaths Fail to Drive Fear
Philippines media is reporting a slight uptick in Covid-19 cases. 983 cases in the past week compared to 913 cases the prior week. They report 58 deaths, most of which date back to 2021 and the rest in 2022. NONE in 2023. The desensitization of the public to their fear message is in full swing. The DOH that cried death for 3 long years is now being largely ignored!
So, we have 1,896 detected cases in the past 2 weeks (out of some 110 million population), of an illness that typically takes just a few days to recover from. How DOH arrive at their 9,084 active cases is highly questionable, given that most date back to 2022. They have simply failed to remove old cases. Apparent incompetence doesn’t engender confidence.
Vaccine uptake continues to be low at an average of 18,166/day for the 7 days to 8th March 2023.
Other Infectious Diseases Need to be Prioritized
Other health concerns take priority, just as the numbers of children being diagnosed with HIV in January 2023. Philippines provides free testing for HIV and medications for persons found to be positive.
Back in 2019, Philippines was identified as having one of the highest rates of increase in HIV cases in the Western Pacific.
Covid-19 with its lockdowns and travel restrictions, affected ability of people to access testing and treatment. HIV cases are increasing in the Philippines. Awareness and action is required.
More Dengue Cases, More ILI Cases than Covid-19 in the first 8 weeks of 2023. Why the Continued Focus on Covid-19?
The 2023 Week 8 EDCS report shows there are increases in a number of infectious diseases compared to 2022. Most particularly Dengue cases are up 97% nearly doubling from 9,832 cases in 2022 to 19,404 cases in 2023. Influenza-like illnesses (ILI) also increased by 84%; from 14,340 to 26,404 cases. There are already more ILI cases than Covid-19 cases! Why the continued focus of Covid-19.
We are Living the Never Again for the Second Time is Still Living Human Memory!
Life is about living, not about illness, not about subservience to the alter of pharmaceuticals.
On this anniversary of the lockdowns, isn’t it time to finally move on from Covid-19 Illness? Time to focus on living again! Even as we assess what went wrong, what went right, and how we prevent this ever happening again! Then we have to work on healing.