Philippines Gets Biggest Shipment Yet of Sputnik V Vaccines

The deliveries are spread over two days.
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(UPDATE) The Philippines has received a total of 170,000 Sputnik V vaccines from Russia, spread over two days, as it seeks to address a shortage in jabs, authorities said.

The first shipment of 132,200 doses arrived at NAIA Terminal 3 on Friday night via Qatar Airways. This includes 82,200 component 1 or first dose jabs and 50,000 second dose jabs.

Another 37,800 component 1 or first doses of Sputnik V arrived on Saturday evening. This brought the total number of Sputnik V vaccines received by the Philippines to 350,000.


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The 50,000 second dose jabs that arrived late Friday was delayed from early June due to "upgrading" of the vaccine, National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it would allow a 42-day interval between doses of the Sputnik V vaccine.

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The country aims to inoculate at least 70 million people this year to achieve its target of "population protection" by November.

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