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Delivery of Russia's Sputnik V Vaccines is Postponed

Due to logistical issues.
by Arianne Merez
Apr 28, 2021
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The expected delivery of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines has been postponed, the country's immunization czar said Wednesday, citing logistical challenges.

An initial 15,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccines were supposed to arrive in the Philippines on Wednesday night but the shipment was marred with problems, COVID-19 vaccine czar Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. said. 

"We will update the public as soon as we receive advice from the Russian Direct Investment Fund regarding the final delivery date of the initial doses of Sputnik V," he said in a statement.

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The jab, developed by Russia's Gamaleya Institute, was authorized by the Philippines for emergency use last month. Russia has touted the vaccine as the first in the world. Trials showed that the jabs were  91.6% effective against COVID-19.

The Philippines is currently rolling out its COVID-19 vaccination program using Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines.

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