Siemens CEO says Russia sales have halved: newspaper

admin   •   April 13, 2015   •   2161

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A Siemens mechatronics apprentice works on a bench vice during a class at the Siemens training centre in Berlin, August 30, 2012.
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(Reuters) – German industrial group Siemens has seen sales in Russia plunge by about half due to the country’s economic demise, Bild am Sonntag reported, citing chief executive Joe Kaeser.

Automakers and other companies have been making cuts in Russia in response to effects of the weak rouble, which has been hammered by low oil prices, and Western sanctions imposed over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis.

“What’s clear is that business in Russia has taken a strong hit in general and ours has declined by about half,” Kaeser was quoted as saying in an interview published by the newspaper on Sunday, without being more specific.

A senior Siemens source told Reuters last month the Munich-based company was on track to stick to full-year forecasts when it reports quarterly results in May, even as problems at its energy business continue to weigh on earnings.

(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, maaaring ibigay sa A1-A3 sectors – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   May 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Lahat ng mga indibidwal na nasa A1 hanggang A3 category ng COVID-19 vaccination plan ng pamahalaan ay kuwalipikadong tumanggap ng bakunang gawa ng Gamaleya Research Institute, ayon sa Department of Health (DOH).

Sa isang online briefing, ipinaliwanag ni Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire na maaaring ibigay sa lahat ng age group ang Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine batay sa indikasyon nito.

Ang A1 ay tumutukoy sa healthcare workers, A2 ay pawing mga senior citizen, habang ang A3 naman ay mga taong may iba pang karamdaman o co-morbidity.

“Ang NITAG po kapag nagbigay ng indikasyon ang FDA through the emergency use authority, yan po ang ina-adopt natin. Hindi tayo nagbabago diyan not unless there are specific na kailangan pag-aralan based on evidence na existing,” ani Vergeire.

Noong Sabado, Mayo 1, dumating sa bansa mula sa Russia ang unang 15,000 doses ng Sputnik V vaccine. Sinasabing 91.6 percent ang efficacy ng bakunang ito.

Tig-3,000 doses ang ibinigay sa limang lungsod sa Metro Manila na kinabibilangan ng Makati, Maynila, Taguig, Parañaque at Muntinlupa.

Una nang sinabi ng DOH na ang limang nabanggit na lungsod muna ang binigyan dahil may storage facility ang mga ito para sa -18 degrees Celsius na requirement ng bakuna.

Ayon kay Vergeire, maaaring simulan ang pagbabakuna gamit ang Sputnik V vaccine sa mga susunod na araw.

Aniya, sa mga natukoy na pasilidad sa Makati Coliseum, Lakeshore Vaccination Hub sa Taguig, at Ayala Mall Manila Bay sa Parañaque isasagawa ang pagbabakuna.

Sa Sta. Ana Hospital at Ospital ng Maynila naman isasagawa ang sa Maynila, at sa Ospital ng Muntinlupa at Asian Hospital and Medical Center sa Muntinlupa.

Tiniyak rin ni Vergeire na inihahanda na ang rational na storage at distribution process sa iba pang lalawigan para sa karagdagan pang doses ng Sputnik V vaccine na inaasahang darating sa bansa ngayong buwan.

“Mayroon naman po tayong mga storage facilities na may mga ganitong kakayanan doon sa mga major regions natin na urbanized katulad ng Davao, ng Cebu, Region 4A, Region 3 and Region. Meron na ho tayong kausap na na logistical firms kung saan they have that capacity to transport these kinds of vaccines,” ang wika ng opisyal.

“We would like that we can see how are we going to manage it properly, to store it properly and to distribute it properly… Titingnan natin ang experience natin diyan at kung mayroon tayong kailangan i-improve, i-improve natin,” dagdag pa niya.

Nitong May 1, nasa 1.93 milyon na ang nabakunahan sa priority sectors sa bansa. Mahigit 284,000 rito ang nakatanggap na ng pangalawang dose. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

First batch of Sputnik V vaccines to be given to 5 Metro Manila cities — DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   May 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The initial 15,000 doses of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines from Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute will be given to five cities in Metro Manila, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

The DOH said the vaccines that arrived in the country on May 1 will be deployed to Makati, Manila, Taguig, Parañaque, and Muntinlupa on Monday afternoon.

The said cities will be the first to get the Russian-made vaccines because they have the cold storage facilities required for the vaccines, which need to be stored at -18 degrees Celsius.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the distribution of the first batch of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines will be the logistical run to prepare for the arrival of 485,000 more doses of the vaccine expected to arrive this month.

Galvez said this shipment is part of a 10-million dose agreement between the Philippine government and Gamaleya Research institute that are expected to arrive in the next four months.

The vaccine czar earlier said that the bulk of COVID-19 vaccines procured by the government from various companies is expected to arrive starting June.

The Philippines has so far received over four million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including those from Sinovac Biotech and AstraZeneca under the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2021

 

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.

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