The ANC Brief: Global skepticism


Posted at Aug 13 2020 05:01 AM

There's a lot of skepticism surrounding the supposed COVID-19 vaccine developed by Russia. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Traditional medicine
Officials of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) are due to meet with Russian makers of a vaccine for COVID-19 on the possible participation of the Philippines in clinical trials. Meanwhile, the Russian vaccine is facing global skepticism. US Health Sec. Alex Azar doubted the claim Russia has developed a vaccine. Health Sec. Francisco Duque said the vaccine needs further study. In the meantime, China has presented a "traditional medicine" for the treatment of COVID-19.

Concerns on content
It seems the Department of Education (DepEd) has started its blended distance learning for the coming school year on the wrong foot. Netizens had a field day pointing out concerns on the quality of the content for one of the DepEd's test broadcasts. The department admitted that there were errors but that the material will be polished by the time school opens on Aug. 24.

Open to scrutiny
It's about time. Some officials of Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) agreed to open their bank accounts to scrutiny. Better yet, Congress should produce their statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

Call for justice
The family of peace consultant and peasant leader Randall Echanis is asking for justice for his death and that of his neighbor. Militant groups posted pictures of his cadaver with bruises on his face. Some witnesses said they heard cries from Echanis' house. 

Cool kids
Iconic 90s teen show TGIS is now 25 years old. Where are their stars now? Some of them have been through breakups, divorce, custody battles, while some are happily caught on lockdown in some sunny part of the world.