Galvez on Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine
On Monday, National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr said that the Philippine government will follow up more or less 10 million doses of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine because it will “become 10 million treatments”.
Manila Bulletin reported that Sputnik V, the trailblazing COVID-19 vaccine from Russia, can be used as a “single-dose jab” in the Philippines.
Galvez revealed that the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved the application of Gamaleya Research Institute’s emergency use authorization (EUA) for the single-dose use of Sputnik Light COVID-19 vaccine.
During a ceremony that celebrated the administration of 30 million COVID-19 vaccine doses held in San Mateo, Rizal, Galvez said that the Philippines had ordered 10 million doses of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine which were expected to be delivered within this year.
A total of 365,000 Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine doses have already been transported to the Philippines so far.
“We will follow-up ‘yong more or less 10 million na doses because it will become 10 million treatments. Meaning, 10 million na tao ang makikinabang nito,” Galvez stressed.
Just like Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, Russia’s Sputnik Light COVID-19 vaccine will only require vaccine recipients to get one dose in order to receive its maximum efficacy.
It wasn’t yet clear whether the efficacy of Sputnik Light COVID-19 vaccine will be the same with Sputnik V, but Galvez said that millions of Filipinos will be saved from hospitalization and death once they received a single dose of the said vaccine.
The Department of Health (DOH) said that the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine has an efficacy of 80.6% against symptomatic COVID-19 cases.
Galvez, meanwhile, reported that more than 30 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have already been administered nationwide, marking a new milestone in the country’s national vaccination program.