The Philippines would order three million Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine doses for April, according to Galvez.
Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr on Friday said that the Philippines would order three million Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine doses for April.
In a report on GMA News Online, Galvez said that the Philippines would procure three million Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine doses after it secured an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the country’s Food and Drug Administration.
Galvez said during the Presidential press briefing that the procurement will be for April this year.
“We will have a meeting this coming Tuesday. And our initial request is for them to deliver more or less three million doses this coming April [and] May. We also have an ongoing negotiation with them to allow LGUs (local government units) to buy the vaccine,” Galvez said.
According to The Lancet, Russia’s Sputnik V (also known as Gam-COVID-Vac) used a heterologous recombinant adenovirus approach using adenovirus 5 (Ad5) and adenovirus 26 (Ad26) as vectors for the expression of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.
FDA Director-General Eric Domingo said that the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, which showed 91.6 percent efficacy in a late-stage clinical trial, can only be used on individuals aged 18 years and older.
Sputnik V was the latest COVID-19 vaccine to receive an emergency use authorization in the Philippines after the COVID-19 vaccines developed by Sinovac, AstraZeneca-Oxford, and Pfizer-BioNTech.