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UPDATE 1-Philippines extends coronavirus curbs in capital ahead of vaccine arrivals
Reuters - 2021-02-27
Philippines records fresh four-month high in daily cases (Adds detail on AstraZeneca doses, COVID-19 infections)

Upcoming Senate panel hearing to focus on bill creating presidential drug agency -- Sotto
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-27
The scheduled Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs hearing on Tuesday, March 2, will focus on the proposed measure seeking to create the Presidential Drug

Myanmar police crackdown on protests after envoy appeals to UN to stop coup
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-27
Myanmar police moved decisively on Saturday in a bid to prevent opponents of military rule gathering throughout the country after Myanmar's U.N. envoy urged the United Nations to use

In St. Luke's webinar series, health leaders tackle changes needed in health sector
Rappler - 2021-02-27
According to healthcare leaders, multiple shifts need to happen in their sector not only because of COVID-19 but also because of other existing and emerging health challenges

NBI forms composite team to probe PDEA-PNP shootout -- Guevarra
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-27
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has formed a composite team to investigate the shootout in Quezon City between agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

Dutch to roll out rapid breath tests for Covid-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-27
The Netherlands is to introduce rapid Covid-19 breath tests to sites across the country to speed up the testing process and make it less intrusive. Testing facilities in

Philippines extends partial coronavirus curbs in capital until end-March
Reuters - 2021-02-27
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has extended partial coronavirus curbs in the capital until the end of March, as the country awaits the arrival of vaccines, the presidential spokesman said on Saturday.

Expect warm Saturday weather -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-27
Warm weather due to the easterlies will prevail in most parts of the country on Saturday, the state weather bureau said. "Nakakaapekto pa rin ang easterl

Villar continues programs to help farmers on using modern technology despite pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-27
BEING true to her commitment, the COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped Sen. Cynthia Villar in helping uplift the lives of Filipino farmers by providing them trainings on modern farm technology to boost their productivity,

Federal Scientists Plead for Pandemic Controls as Infection Declines Stall
New York Times - 2021-02-27
Now is not the time to relax restrictions," the C.D.C. director, Rochelle Walensky, said, pointing to a leveling of coronavirus infections as governors move to lift pandemic restrictions.

Temple of Zoom: 200,000 Thai Buddhists mark holy day via video link
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-27
BANGKOK  - More than 200,000 Buddhist devotees gathered via Zoom video link on Friday to attend an annual prayer and lantern ritual held in Thailand to mark Makha Bucha Day, one of the

Cybersecurity Firm SentinelOne Plans for IPO at Possible $10 Billion Value
Bloomberg - 2021-02-26
Cybersecurity startup SentinelOne Inc. is preparing for an initial public offering that could value it at more than $10 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

House eyes Cha-cha passage March 24
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-26
The House of Representatives plans to pass on final reading by March 24 proposed amendments to economic provisions in the Constitution although the Senate has not even resumed committee hearings that

Myanmar envoy appeals to U.N. to stop coup as police break up protests
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-26
Myanmar's U.N. envoy urged the United Nations to use "any means necessary" to stop a military coup there, making a surprise appeal on behalf of the ousted government as police

Vaccine hoarding threatens global supply via COVAX: WHO
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-26
GENEVA - Countries seeking their own COVID-19 vaccine doses are making deals with drug companies that threaten the supply for the global COVAX programme for poor and middle-income countries ...

Advisory panel unanimously recommends FDA authorize Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-26
A panel of expert advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday voted in favor of authorizing Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use,

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine backed by advisory panel, U.S. authorization to follow
Reuters - 2021-02-26
A panel of expert advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday voted to recommend authorization of Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, bringing it an important step closer to a U.

DOH: 2,651 new infections, highest daily count this year
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-26
The Department of Health (DOH) said it recorded 2,651 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, making it the most infectious day so far in 2021. The number of new cases is also the highest in at least four

Duterte signs bill to hasten Covid-19 vaccine purchase; set up P500M indemnity fund
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-26
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure that would expedite the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines and establish a P500-million indemnity fund, Malacañang

FDA Clears OTC Device to Protect Kids Against Sports-Related Head Injury
Medscape - 2021-02-26
The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared a new over-the-counter (OTC) device designed to protect children aged 13 years and older from sports-related traumatic brain injury.

Eased restrictions to generate 108,000 jobs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-26
Some 108,000 workers would be able to work full-time if the economic restrictions would be eased further, according to an official of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole). Labor Assistant

Cebu governor firm: No swab tests for domestic tourists
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-26
Amid criticisms, Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia stood pat on her decision to ease restrictions for domestic tourists who want to visit the province. In an interview, Garcia said she always

'Success on your own is a boring journey' -- Meet the ex-Salesforce exec Google poached to head up its Cloud division in the UK and Ireland:
Business Insider - 2021-02-26
Amid COVID-19 and Brexit, the company's cloud division faces a fresh set of unique challenges.

WATCH: Next-Gen founders talk racial equity in tech, and share insight on navigating the industry
Business Insider - 2021-02-26
In a conversation with Insider, three next-gen founders discuss their career journeys, and the future they want to see in tech.

Covid-19 Is Highlighting The Promise And Pitfalls Of The Digital Transformation
Forbes - 2021-02-26
Prior to the pandemic, manufacturing enterprises, service firms, laboratories, schools and households across the United States were undergoing a steady, digital transformation. But the pandemic has shattered that paradigm and accelerated the pace of change unfurling across our economy and society.

Brazil approves 5G auction notice
ZDNet - 2021-02-26
Brazilian national telecommunications agency Anatel has approved the notice for the upcoming auction for the fifth generation spectrum, expected to take place in June. The announcement was made yesterday (25) by the agency's board,

PHL offers Sinovac jabs to health-care workers
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-26
FOLLOWING a thorough review, the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (Nitag) and the Department of Health - Technical Advisory Group (DOH-TAG) have recommended the use of Sinovac-made vaccines "CoronaVac" from China for the use of the country's health-care workers (HCWs).

An ancient conch shell played three notes for the first time in 17,000 years
Mashable - 2021-02-26
Researchers discovered a long-uncovered conch shell was actually a musical instrument, not a broken drinking cup, as once believed.

CDM and Lazada host inaugural LazUCon for over 20k eCommerce industry peers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-26
MANILA, Philippines - Certified Digital Marketer (CDM), the pioneer in Digital Marketing education and transformation, teams up again with Lazada, the leading eCommerce platform in the Philippines for

Elon Musk Responds That 'It Would Be Great' If He Was Investigated For His Dogecoin Memes
Entrepreneur - 2021-02-26
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk responded on his favorite network, Twitter, about an alleged investigation to the different comments about the Dogecoin and the consequences of these, that is, the sudden rise in its price.

Surigao Norte IPs avail health services, receive school equipment
Gov - 2021-02-26
SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 26 -- The Indigenous Peoples of the Mamanwa Tribe in Sitio Landing, Brgy. Camam-onan of this province received services from the different partner stakeholders and government agencies during a community outreach ...

Amazon taps 16-year company vet who helped launch its pharmacy business to run COVID vaccination effort amid biggest leadership shakeup in history
Business Insider - 2021-02-26
The move shows Amazon is putting a trusted executive with deep knowledge of the supply chain in charge of its vaccination program.

Fellowship program offered to young leaders
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-26
Chosen candidates aged 18 to 30 years old will also undergo mentorship activities with the Makati Business Club and Philippine Business for Social Progress. Beyond these, participants will gain ...

Cautious Asia nations finally fire starting gun on vaccines
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-26
AFTER sitting on the sidelines as the US and Europe plowed headlong into vaccinating against Covid-19, the part of the world that contained the coronavirus most successfully is finally starting to administer shots.

Philippines records biggest daily rise in coronavirus cases in four months
Reuters - 2021-02-26
The Philippines' health ministry on Friday reported 2,651 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily increase in cases in more than four months, and 46 additional deaths.

Why might a child need bone marrow transplant?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-26
For some children with cancer and blood disorders, a bone marrow transplant (BMT) can be their best hope to beat the condition. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most common

US strikes Iran-backed militias in Syria in Biden first; 22 fighters dead
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-26
The US military has struck Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria, killing at least 22 fighters according to a war monitor, in what the Pentagon said was a message from the new

US air strikes on eastern Syria kill at least 17 - sources
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-26
United States military airstrikes in eastern Syria killed at least 17, local sources and one medical source said on Friday. The Pentagon has said the strikes were against facilities

Experts approve Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for health workers
Rappler - 2021-02-26
The interim National Immunization Technical Advisory Group says health workers can still opt not to get the Sinovac vaccine

Health workers still on priority list even after declining Sinovac -- DOH advisory group
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-26
Health workers can still avail of other vaccines against Covid-19 even if they have decided to decline the recommended

Philippines records biggest daily rise in coronavirus cases in four months
Reuters - 2021-02-26
The Philippines' health ministry on Friday reported 2,651 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily increase in cases in more than four months, and 46 additional deaths.

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