President Duterte thanked Russia for delivering the initial batch of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday thanked Russia for delivering the initial batch of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Philippines.
Recently, the Philippines received the 15,000 Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine doses developed by Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute. The said vaccines, procured by the national government, will be rolled out in five cities in Metro Manila, which reported high COVID-19 cases.
During his televised address on Monday night, President Duterte thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for the vaccine supply for the country.
“With the added shipment arriving yesterday from Russia, let me thank the Russian people, the government, and President Putin for they kindhearted support for the Filipino,” President Duterte said.
The Russian-made COVID-19 vaccines were supposed to arrive last April 28 but was pushed back to May 1 because of lack of direct flight between Russia and the Philippines.
Manila Bulletin reported that the additional 485,000 Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine doses were expected to arrive in the Philippines this month. The Russian vaccines will then augment the country’s supplies to vaccinate Filipinos against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
President Duterte also assured the public that the national government was working to address the coronavirus pandemic and to administer vaccines to the people.
Meanwhile, President Duterte expressed confidence that the country will not have a problem when it comes to getting COVID-19 vaccines. However, President Duterte feared that COVID-19 vaccines may become useless if the existing variants will get worse.
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