UP webinar tackles Omicron XE, COVID-19 updates around the world

| Written by Deina Blancaflor

The University of the Philippines (UP), in partnership with UP Manila National Institutes of Health (UPM-NIH), National Telehealth Center, and cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), invite you to join the fight against COVID-19 by tuning in to this Friday’s “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar from 12 pm to 2 pm.

After the Omicron surge, the Philippines seems to be slowly getting back to normal. Most regions are now at Alert Level 1, case numbers have been dipping, and vaccination rates are steadily rising. However, the opposite scenario persists in neighboring countries. Shanghai, China, is again on lockdown because of a surge affecting almost 25 million people. South Korea is also on the brink of a lockdown because of its rising cases. And just this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Omicron XE, a hybrid of Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 recently reported in Bangkok, Thailand.

In this episode titled “ARE THERE MORE CONTAGIOUS VARIANTS LIKE OMICRON XE? Alamin kung magkaka-COVID-19 surge ulit”, we look around the globe and monitor the latest updates on COVID-19. How do we deal with new variants arising? Are there contingency measures for possible super-spreader events such as Holy Week and the national elections? What are the updates on the country’s vaccination and booster rollout?

Leading epidemiologist in the country, Dr. John Q. Wong of EpiMetrics, Inc., will walk us through trends in the Philippines and provide global updates. At the same time, Dr. Cynthia P. Saloma, Executive Director of the UP Philippine Genome Center, will discuss how genome sequencing will be a crucial strategy for monitoring the progress of COVID-19 variants.

Dr. Eva Marie Cutiongco-dela Paz, Executive Director of the UPM-NIH, will open the webinar. Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla, UP Manila Chancellor, will deliver the synthesis and closing remarks.

Register here and catch our weekly live tweets and streams via the UP System Twitter Account and TVUP’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

The “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series is the Philippines’ first and only frontline-focused medical webinar series. It pioneered the discussion, dissemination, and adoption of knowledge on COVID-19 treatment and management. Follow our accounts to stay connected with your credible online community.