Webinar #41 | “COVID-19 Variants of Concern in the Philippines: Are We Ready?”

The University of the Philippines in partnership with UP Manila NIH National Telehealth Center
and in cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital
would like to invite you to join the Fight Against COVID-19!

Webinar #41 “COVID-19 Variants of Concern in the Philippines: Are We Ready?”
February 19, 2021 (Friday) 12nn

Dr. Eva Cutiongco- Dela Paz
Director, National Institutes of Health
Program Director for Health, Philippine Genome Center

Dr. Raul Destura
Microbiologist and Infectious Disease Specialist
Philippine Genome Center

Dr. Jubert Benedicto
Associate Professor, UP College of Medicine Head,
PGH-CCU Management Action Team

Opening Remarks:
Dr. Cynthia Rose B. Bautista
VP for Academic Affairs
University of the Philippines System

Closing Remarks:
Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla
University of the Philippines Manila

Special Topic
In our first webinar for 2021, we talked about expected mutations and variants of SARSCov2. News on COVID-19 variants becoming dominant in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil – triggered a flurry of research around the work to scale-up genetic surveillance of SARSCov2. In the Philippines the seat of this research is the Philippine Genome Center that did the early tracking of the virus strain last year and continues to research on mutations in our country.
Is the UK, South Africa, or Brazil variant present in the Philippines? Where has it been detected?
If a new strain becomes dominant, what is the impact on testing for SARSCov2? What do we know about the clinical management of patients infected with the new variants? Are there treatments that are no longer effective for the new variants?
In this webinar, we will hear from Dr. Eva Cutiongco-Dela Paz, Program Director for Health at the Philippine Genome Center, on the presence of variants in the Philippines. Dr Raul Destura, creator of the first Philippine test kit for SARSCov2, will talk about the implications for testing. Dr. Jubert Benedicto, Head of the PGH CCU-Management Action Team and an Associate Professor at UP PGH, will discuss research findings on treatment against the new variants.
Join us and stay informed and up to date as we adapt and adjust to the evolution of SARSCov2 during the pandemic.
Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay Connected.

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