In this June 2, 2022 article for the Manila Standard, Dr. Rontgene Solante, said that it is “’high time’ to remove the emergency tag on COVID-19”.
Solante said, “the fact that we have available vaccines and antiviral agents (lends to the removal of the emergency tag). These are interventions we can do in case there is an increase in cases, we can manage, and control it”.
Editor’s Note: We appreciate the fact that Solante is now agreeing that the COVID emergency is finished [this is the same position taken by Joey Concepcion, Joey Concepcion: Time to Lift COVID Public Health Emergency Status].
The problem here is that Solante made it seem like the vaccines and antivirals were the only reason for the end of the COVID emergency. This is far from the truth.
Our research shows that the “pandemic” was no longer an emergency as early as November 2020 [read COVID Case fatality rate has been stagnant since November 2020].
The situation worsened in 2021 when the vaccines arrived [see Vaccines do not fully control Delta variant: Majority of COVID deaths are from vaccinated. Evidence of dangerous ADE at work, Nobel Prize Winner: Covid vaccine is creating variants that can escape vaccine-induced immunity, Expert Says COVID Vaccines Not Strong Enough for Herd Immunity, Israeli study concludes vaccines have failed to prevent spread of COVID].
Moreover, the solution to COVID has been available to us since 2020, but our government choose to destroy our economy first instead of looking at the evidence available [see COVID-19 PANDEMIC: THE PHILIPPINE EXPERIENCE].
We also want to raise the fact that this article has inserted the monkeypox report right after Solante’s encouraging statement, as if saying, “the COVID emergency is done, but monkeypox is coming”. We think that this is a continuation of the fearmongering of 2020. We hope that people are now more ready to see the facts, instead of jumping into another hysteria [read Should I be worried about Monkeypox?].
We hope that Filipinos do not forget the lessons of the past two years, and how our government has forced our country into trillions of debt. We hope that people now have clearer heads to courageously reject the monkeypox fear porn.
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