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Delayed Sputnik V vaccines to arrive on May 1

FILE PHOTO: A nurse prepares Russia’s “Sputnik-V” vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for inoculation at a clinic in Tver, Russia October 12, 2020. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva/File Photo

The initial batch of the government-procured Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines is expected to arrive in the country by May 1 after several delays in its shipment.

In a statement, Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta said the Sputnik V vaccines were finally shipped from Moscow on April 29, with “more to come” in the next weeks and months.

The 15,000 doses of vaccine from the Gamaleya Institute of Russia were supposed to arrive on Wednesday, April 28, however, it was postponed as there were no direct flights from Moscow to Manila. 

The cold storage requirements also made it hard to transport the Russian vaccines since they must be stored with a temperature not exceeding -18 degrees Celsius.

Sputnik V was supposed to arrive in the country on Sunday, April 26, however, it was postponed to Wednesday also due to logistical reasons.

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Sputnik V an emergency use authorization following a “rigorous and thorough review” by regulatory and medical experts of both published and unpublished data on the vaccine.

The vaccine is administered in two doses of 0.5 ml intramuscular injections 21 days apart and the efficacy rate is consistent among all age groups, 18 and older.

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