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Vaccine experts: Covid vaccines can help protect public against emerging variants

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With the threat of newer mutations like the “Delta plus” variant, two members of the Vaccine Expert Panel (VEP) urged the public to get vaccinated to have themselves protected.

“Have yourself vaccinated,” Dr. Rontgene Solante of the VEP said during the Kapihan Session of the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday, stressing that vaccines are still effective as an added layer of protection against the variants.

“Forget about the variant at this point,” Solante stressed adding that the most important thing is that the vaccine will protect you from getting the severe form of the infection.

For his part, Dr. Isagani Padolina, also a member of the VEP, said that getting the vaccines will reduce the burden on the healthcare system.

Covid cases

As of 4 p.m. of June 25, the DOH logged 6,812 additional Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 1,385,053.

There were also 2,867 recoveries and 116 deaths.

Of the total number of cases, 4.0 percent (55,293) are active, 94.3 percent (1,305,608) have recovered, 1.74 percent (24,152) have died.

Nineteen duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, 12 are recoveries.

Moreover, 61 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation.

All laboratories were operational on June 23, 2021 and all were able to submit their data to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.

Image courtesy of Bernard Testa

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