Initial 15,000 doses of Sputnik V on its way to Philippines – envoy

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2021   •   341


MANILA, Philippines – The initial batch of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines made by Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute is now on its way to the Philippines, Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta said.

“First shipment of Sputnik V vaccines (15,000 doses) left today, 29 April, from Moscow and should be in Manila by May 1,” Sorreta said in a statement late Thursday.

“More to come in the next weeks and months,” he added.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said that the delivery of the initial batch of Sputnik V vaccines that were supposed to arrive in the country on April 28 has been moved to May 1. The delay was due to “logistical challenges” and flight restrictions as there were no direct flights from Moscow to Manila.

Sorreta thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin and other officials from the Russian government and Gamaleya Institute, as well as Philippine authorities for making the shipment possible.

“Great working with the DOH, DFA, Special Envoy for Russia and the other members of the IATF to make this happen,” he said.

“Thank you to President Putin, Foreign Minister Lavrov and Foreign Ministry officials, the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the Gamaleya Institute for their cooperation, patience and understanding,” he added.

The Sputnik V vaccine requires around -18 to -20°Celsius storage temperature, and according to Galvez, meeting this temperature requirement to maintain the vaccine’s integrity is among the logistical challenges they are facing.

Malacañang earlier said that the first batch of Sputnik V vaccine doses will be deployed in Metro Manila.

The Philippines is also set to receive another batch of 480,000 doses of Sputnik V in the coming months.

Philippines’ Covid tally up by 6,959

Marje Pelayo   •   June 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) logged an additional 6,959 new cases to the country’s Covid-19 count and raising the tally to  1,353,220 on Saturday (June 19).

The latest figure pushes the total number of active cases to 59,439.

Meanwhile, 9,407 individuals have recovered from the virus. This brings the total number of recoveries since the pandemic began to 1,270, 243.

The coronavirus-related deaths also rose to  23,538 with  153 new fatalities.

The DOH noted that the current active cases is only 4.4% of the total positive cases recorded since the pandemic.

Based on the latest report, all DOH laboratories are fully operational since June 17, 2021 and only six laboratories have not yet forwarded their respective data to the agency’s COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS).

These six laboratories comprise about 3.5% of the overall samples tested and 3.9% of the total number of COVID positive individuals.

PH to receive P505M worth of COVID-19 vaccine donation from Australia

Marje Pelayo   •   June 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Australian government is donating 13.72 million AUD or P505 million worth of coronavirus vaccines to the Philippines.

The vaccines will be purchased in coordination with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said Australian Ambassador to Manila Steven Robinson on Thursday (June 17).

“This will make an important contribution to meeting the country’s vaccine needs in 2021. The Philippines will receive additional procurement and end-to-end distribution support to meet its needs under Australia’s new agreement with UNICEF to purchase safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines on behalf of the Philippines,” he said.

The vaccines are expected to be delivered within the year.

Aside from the anticipated donations, Robinson said Canberra has also provided Manila at least 7.52 million Australian dollars or around P277 million to boost its vaccine rollout through Australia’s Vaccine Response Plan.

Australia is the Philippines’ fourth donor country following other sponsors such as China, the United States, and Japan.

Ilang opisyal umaasang itutuloy ng susunod na administrasyon ang infra projects ng Duterte gov’t

Robie de Guzman   •   June 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Isina-isa ngayong Biyernes ng ilang ahensiya ng pamahalaan ang mga infrastructure project na napasimulan at natapos na ng administrasyong Duterte.

Sa presentasyon ng Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Transportation (DOTr), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Flagship Programs and Projects and Bases and Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), ipinakita ang mga proyektong nakumpleto na sa ilalim ng “Build, Build, Build” program ng pamahalaan.

Pangunahin dito ang pagpapaganda sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport, na ayon kay Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, ay hindi na umano maaaring bansagan ngayong worst airport gaya ng mga nakalipas na panahon.

“Naalala’t naalala ninyo na noong pumasok ang Duterte administration ang bansag sa NAIA international airport is one of the worst international airport in the world,” ani Tugade.

“Mataas ang kaniyang klasipikasyon ngayon, nabibilang ang NAIA sa one of the most improved airport in the world,” dagdag pa niya.

Iniulat naman ng DPWH na aabot na sa 212 airport projects ang natapos sa ilalim ng administrasyong Duterte. Bukod pa ito sa 446 seaport projects, 10,376 flood mitigation structures, 26,493 kilometrong farm-to-market roads, at 5,555 na kilometro ng mga tulay.

Ayon kay DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, ang mga proyektong ito ay nakapabigay ng 6.5 milyong trabaho para sa mga manggagawang Pilipino sa nakalipas na limang taon.

“Nung nagsimula ang Duterte administration at ang Build Build Build Program nung 2016 to 2020 ang total acomplishment ay 2.536 Billion, halos x3 po ang acomplishment ng Duterte Administration, so masasabi ko po talaga na malayo po ang acomplishment sa term ni President duterte sa imprastraktura,” ani Villar.

At ngayong malapit nang matapos ang panunungkulan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, hiling ng mga miyembro ng kanyang gabinete na sana’y mapag-ibayo pa ang mga proyektong napasimulan at maiiwan upang mapakinabangan ng sambayanan.

“Hinihiling po namin kung sino man po ang magiging susunod na pangulo at susunod na administrasyon, I think it is incumbent upon the next administration to not only continue but to even fast track all the good works that have been done under the leadership of President Duterte,” ani Vince Dizon, ang pinuno ng BCDA. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent JP Nunez)


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