PH-Russia agreement signed for 20 million Sputnik V vaccines
Sputnik V to play an important role in the vaccine rollout
MANILA – The Russian Federation Ambassador to the Philippines Marat I. Pavlov today said 15,000 doses of Sputnik V will arrive tomorrow and will be gradually increased every month.
Speaking at the Vaccine Summit organized by the Philippines’ International Chamber of Commerce (PICC) under former Special Trade Envoy to China Dr. Francis Chua, Ambassador Pavlov said immediately after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the Russian government resolved that the only solution to the problem was to create its own vaccine to be rolled-out across the country to achieve the required herb immunity,
“The scientists at Gamaleya Research Institute developed Sputnik V with an efficacy of 97.6% with little adverse effects limited to skin irritation and some headaches,” Ambassador Pavlov said. Sputnik V is not used in more than 60 countries as the government plants to ship more than a billion doses to other countries in need of the vaccine.
He added there are two more COVID-19 vaccines that have been registered with the government.
They have also entered into agreements with different government to manufacture their vaccines in the People’s Republic of China, Egypt, Republic of Korea, Turkey, among others.
“We are into final negotiations with the Philippines with the hope local government units would consider Sputnik 5 in their vaccine rollout,” he explained.
He expressed appreciation to the Food and Drug Administration for the issuance of emergency use authority for Sputnik 5 last March 19 while both governments signed a contract last April 16 where Russia would supply 20 million doses of its vaccines to the Philippines.
Ambassador Pavlov said his country is supportive of the Philippines’ programs relative to public health and the achievement of its national goals. (Melo M. Acuña)
Russian Federation Ambassador to the Philippines Marat I. Pavlov. (Screen grab from Vaccine Summit/Melo M. Acuna)