(Philstar.com) – June 3, 2021 – 4:00pm

MANILA, Philippines — Local health authorities on Thursday reported 7,217 additional coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 1,247,899.

What’s new today?

  • The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a measure further extending the validity of Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2 to give the government more time to implement measures and mitigate the impact of the pandemic.

  • Public health advocates called on the Philippines to support the proposal to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines. 

  •  The COVAX vaccine program has secured another USD 2.4 billion from donors but underlined it was still struggling to get enough doses to help poorer countries fight coronavirus.

  • The pandemic has severely affected children’s rights worldwide, with young people risking a “generational catastrophe” if governments do not act, a rights group said in an annual survey. 

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