PH expects to receive 190K doses of Sputnik V vaccine this September – Galvez

Robie de Guzman   •   September 17, 2021   •   219

MANILA, Philippines – Around 190,000 doses of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine (component 2) manufactured by Russian firm Gamaleya Research Institute are expected to arrive in the country this month, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Friday.

Galvez said the additional vaccine supply may be delivered by the weekend or early next week.

“This shipment of Sputnik V vaccines shall be used for the second dose. After this, we will be receiving the single-shot Sputnik V Light as we move forward with our vaccine rollout,” he said.

Galvez, who is also the chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19, eased concerns among those who have already received their first dose of Sputnik V.

“As per our vaccine experts from the Department of Health, the gap between first and second doses of Sputnik V can be as long as six months, so no need to worry because the vaccines are arriving soon,” Galvez explained.

This month, the country expects to receive the first batch of government-procured Sputnik V Light vaccines consisting of 1 million doses.

“The Sputnik V Light is more efficient because we will be able to protect more people faster. This would eliminate the problem wherein people fail to return for their second dose,” Galvez noted.

As of September 15, the country has received a total of 57,547,610 vaccine doses from various manufacturers, of which over 36 million doses were procured by the national government.

The country has also breached the 40 million mark in terms of COVID-19 jabs administered, with 40,030,388 shots given as of September 15. Of this number, 17,675,959 were fully vaccinated and 22,354,429 received their first dose.

WHO backs 3rd COVID-19 vaccine shot for elderlies, immunocompromised

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday expressed support to proposals seeking to administer a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to immunocompromised people who were not able to develop full immunity after receiving two doses.

WHO representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe said they are advocating for a third dose for immunocompromised individuals as an extended primary vaccination course.

Senior citizens who also received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine made either by Sinovac or Sinopharm should also be given a third shot of the same vaccine brand.

“Our recommendation is that in addition to immunocompromised individuals, that we include all individuals who have received primary vaccination of two doses with Sinovac or Sinopharm to receive a third dose provided it’s more than 3 months since the completion of their first 2 doses,” he said.

“We don’t have a recommendation for general population,” he added.

The Philippine government has yet to decide on the issue of giving a booster shot but it earlier said it has allocated a budget for its procurement next year.

PH receives more Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses

Robie de Guzman   •   October 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has received another batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.

The NTF said the shipment, which contains a total of 918,450 Pfizer shots, arrived on Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The additional vaccine jabs were donated by the United States government through the global alliance COVAX Facility.

“We’re really proud to be part of this effort here in the Philippines to vaccinate the Filipino people including teenagers and children so we can get them back to school,” US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Heather Variava said during an interview at the NAIA Terminal 3.

This shipment is part of the 1.8 million total doses committed to the Philippines from the US government donation through COVAX Facility, the NTF said.

The remaining doses consisting of 924,300 are expected to arrive on Monday, October 11, it added.

NTF against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. thanked the US government, COVAX, World Health Organization, and UNICEF for the latest Pfizer shipment.

“We are very thankful that our 100 million target will be achieved considering that we have faithful allies that really wanted to help us in this time of need,” Galvez said.

As of October 10, a total of 86,494,050 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to the country, of which 22,561,180 doses came from the COVAX facility.


PH vaccine supply reaches over 80 million

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Over 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been delivered to the Philippines so far, according to the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19.

National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. reported that 80,415,200 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been delivered to the country as of October 6.

Galvez also said the country expects to receive a total of 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine this month.

For October, 10 million procured Pfizer vaccines, 5 million doses from Moderna, 10 million doses from Sinovac, and 5.9 million doses donated by the United States government through the COVAX facility are scheduled to be delivered.

The NTF official said the national government is in talks with four other vaccine manufacturers to secure 90 to 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for 2022. AAC




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