Here’s a Heads Up from reporter on news that you need to know today, Aug. 20:
- What does it mean to be a ‘sadboi’ on the internet and does embattled Health Sec. Francisco Duque qualify as one?
- Only fully vaccinated persons should be allowed in Metro Manila’s malls and restaurants after the lockdown, an economic adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte said.
- Three million more Sinovac jabsarrived yesterday, bringing the country's inventory to nearly 46 million with 12.8 million people fully vaccinated.
- Malacanang plans to set aside P45 billion for COVID-19 booster shots should health authorities decide to require a third vaccine dose.
- The efficacy of COVID vaccines wane under the Delta variant, according to a British study.
- U.S. President Joe Biden has approved COVID booster shots for all Americans, with the jabs set to be rolled out by September.
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NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- There were 14,895 new COVID cases yesterday as authorities weighed a possible ECQ extension in Metro Manila.
- Why allocate P700,000 for four laptops? The DOH explained to senators that the notebooks were meant for developers.
- A partylist congresswoman representing the transport sector has rued how her Balesin Island wedding in a Michael Cinco couture gown has turned into a “political spectacle”.
- Taal Volcano is belching increasing amounts of sulfur gas, prompting authorities to raise an alert for volcanic smog og vog.
- Children’s noses are ‘pre-activate’ to fight the coronavirus, giving them a better chance at fighting COVID infection compared to adults, a U.S. study said.
- Mayor Vico Sotto said he would be teaching if he weren’t the chief executive of Pasig City.
- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas will stop accepting applications for digital banks starting Aug. 31.
- The cities of Cebu and Davao each got roughly 50,000 Pfizer vaccine doses, part of the total 365,040 doses that arrived late Wednesday.
- Pablo Garcia, the patriarch of one of Cebu province’s most powerful political clans, has died.
- Sen. Francis Pangilinan filed a bill seeking a pension program for workers in the farm sector.
- The Senate and the House of Representatives will resume lawmaking on Monday regardless of quarantine classifications in Metro Manila.
- South Korea will grant legal status to animals under a new law that seeks to fight abuse and abandonment.
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