Oral COVID-19 drug free for severe patients in Taguig

Neil Jayson Servallos - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — The local government of Taguig has distributed 10,000 Molnupiravir capsules to the city health office for COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms.

Mayor Lino Cayetano said COVID patients may ask for the antiviral medicine by calling the telemedicine services of their respective barangays.

Cayetano said doctors would assess the patients’ condition to determine if they need Molnupiravir. The drug will be delivered to their doorstep for free once cleared for use.

“With this antiviral drug, we hope that severe COVID cases will be avoided,” Cayetano said in a statement.

San Juan cases drop

In San Juan, the number of active COVID-19 cases has dropped by more than 54 percent in the past 10 days, Mayor Francis Zamora said.

As of Jan. 22, the city had recorded 889 active COVID-19 cases, down from 1,947 cases on Jan. 12.

Zamora encouraged residents who received their second dose of COVID-19 vaccines three months ago to get booster shots.

Meanwhile, the Pateros municipal government launched yesterday its drive-through vaccination for COVID-19 booster shots for those aged 18 to 65 at the Pateros Catholic School annex. — Jose Rodel Clapano, Ghio Ong


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