The Philippines’ total stockpile of Covid-19 vaccines is now at 4.04 million doses after arrival on Saturday of 15,000 doses of anti-coronavirus vaccine from Russia.

The initial batch of Russia’s “Sputnik V” arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport around 3:50 p.m. via Qatar Airways Flight QR 932, according to the Office for the Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs.

Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., Russian Ambassador Marat Pavlov, and other government officials welcomed the shipment.

The Philippines has ordered 500,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccineand the next batch of 485,000 doses are expected within May.

The “mini-rollout” of the newly delivered Covid-19 vaccine from Russia will not only improve the government’s vaccination program but will also prepare implementing units on how to handle the jabs once more doses arrive next month.

“As this is the first tranche of the scheduled deliveries from Sputnik V, we are very excited to roll out the initial 15,000 first doses as we reassess our country’s logistics capability to handle such highly sensitive vaccines with minus 18 degrees cold-chain requirement,” said National Task Force Against Covid-19 Chief Implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., in a statement.

Galvez thanked the Direct Investment Fund of Russia and Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Marat Pavlov for personally delivering the first tranche of the vaccines produced by pharmaceutical company Gamaleya Research Institute. Read More

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