The Philippine government received on Saturday, Oct. 16, additional 720,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine, the largest delivery of the Russain-made coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in the country so far.
Dr. Ted Herbosa, special adviser to the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), said the delivery of the Sputnik vaccine at around 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport brought to around 1.3 million the total number of Russian-made vaccines sent to the Philippines.
“We do hope that this will help a lot in our vaccination program,” said Herbosa, adding that half of the delivered vaccine will be used first done while the other half is for the second dose.
The delivery of the 720,000 doses of Sputnik vaccine brought to almost 92 million the total number of vaccines already delivered to the country.
Almost 51 million Filipinos have already been vaccinated since the Philippines started its vaccination rollout in March this year, almost 24 million of them were fully-vaccinated.
The national government has already started vaccinating adolescents through a pilot vaccination in Metro Manila where more than 1,000 adolescents with comorbidities received the jab.