THE Philippines has taken delivery of 100,000 additional doses of Sputnik V, the vaccine developed by Russia’s Gamaleya Institute against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
The new vaccine shipment arrived via a Qatar Airways flight at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Friday evening, June 11, 2021.
The National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 said this batch will serve as component 1, or the first dose, of the vaccine.
The new delivery brought to 180,000 doses the total volume of Sputnik V in the country.
Including the other vaccines, the Philippines has now taken delivery of 12,708,210 doses.
These consist of 7.5 million doses of Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac, 2.556 million doses of AstraZeneca-Oxford, 2,472,210 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and the 180,000 doses of Sputnik V.
Of these, one million doses of CoronaVac were donated by China while the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines were donated through Covax, the global initiative to promote vaccine equity worldwide. The rest were procured by the government.
As of June 8, 1,681,722 individuals have been fully vaccinated in the Philippines. A total of 6,314,548 doses have been administered.
The government is inoculating priority groups A1 (health workers), A2 (senior citizens), A3 (persons with comorbidities) and A4 (workers who need to go outside to work). (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)