More Sputnik vax arrives

May 13, 2021 Willy M. Balasa 320 views

ANOTHER batch of 15,000 doses of Sputnik V (Gamaleya) arived Wednesday evening on a Qatar Airways flight.

Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Marat Pavlov with representatives from the Department of Health DoH and other government representatives welcomed the arrival of the Sputnik V (Gamaleya) vaccines that arrived around 9:35 p.m, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 from Moscow via Doha, Qatar on board cargo flight QR928.

To date, the Philippines has now 30,000 doses of Sputnik vaccines with the arrival of the first 15,000 doses last May 1.

The first delivery of Sputnik V was supposed to arrive on April 28 but postponed since there was no direct flight from Moscow to Manila.

The first Sputnik vaccines were rolled out in Taguig, Manila, Muntinglupa, Makati and Parañaque cities.

NTF chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr. said they are expecting some 485,000 doses of Sputnik vaccines V to be delivered within this month.

Galvez said Russia had asked the status of the country’s vaccine program before receiving a huge volume of vaccine.

He said the country secured a total of 10 million doses from Gamaleya but the number may be doubled.

The Sputnik V vaccines require storage of minus 18 degrees Celsius and will be transported to the PharmaServ Express cold storage facility in San Roque, Marikina City.