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Gov’t eyeing COVID-19 exams in pharmacies


MANILA, Philippines — The federal government will look into the opportunity of conducting COVID-19 exams in pharmacies as they rolled out vaccination in select drugstores in Metro Manila on Thursday.

 “Ngayon po ay ina-allow na ‘yan sa mga clinics pero magandang concept po ‘yan (At present that’s allowed in clinics however that’s a good suggestion) and we are going to look into that,” presidential adviser for COVID-19 response Secretary Vince Dizon mentioned on CNN Philippines’ The Supply when requested if they’re contemplating testing in pharmacies.

“I feel the essential factor is, we actually have to seek out revolutionary methods of attempting to dwell with this—as a result of I feel we’re going to should dwell with this for the foreseeable future—and we’re going to should empower folks, communities, households to have the ability to discover methods to dwell and take care of COVID-19,” he continued.

Dizon likewise raised the significance of permitting accredited antigen check kits for residence use to detect if an individual is contaminated with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

“Ang essential din, in the identical manner dito sa ginagawa natin sa mga botika, tingin ko dapat talaga masusi na rin nating pag-aralan ‘yung ginagawa sa ibang bansa na pinapayagan ‘yung mga accredited self-home check antigen kits para mabigyan din ng paraan ang ating mga kababayan na i-exercise ang kanilang mga responsibilidad bilang mga Pilipino at with correct steering, ay i-test nila ang sarili nila at kung sila ay lumabas na positibo, dapat responsable sila na hindi na sila lalabas ng bahay. Tingin ko ‘yun ang manner ahead natin,” he defined.

(What can also be essential, in the identical manner that we’re holding vaccinations in pharmacies, I feel we’ve got to check what different international locations are doing, permitting accredited self-home check antigen kits to present residents a approach to train their accountability and with correct steering, they might check themselves and in the event that they check optimistic, they need to be accountable to not depart their residence. I feel that’s our manner ahead.)

To this point, 11 manufacturers of self-administered COVID-19 test kits have utilized for the Meals and Drug Administration’s approval.

Citing the Division of Well being, Dizon mentioned that the nation has enough reverse transcription-polymerase chain response and antigen test kits in laboratories nationwide.


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