Another 15,000 Sputnik V doses arrive in PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 12) — The country received its second batch of the Russia-made Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday night.

The 15,000 doses that landed in Manila at 9:41 p.m. will be used as the second dose for the initial shipment that the country received on May 1, according to the Department of Health.

The vaccines were welcomed by some government officials, including pandemic task force adviser Dr. Teodoro Herbosa and Health Undersecretary Ma. Carolina Vidal-Taiño.

Taiño said the same five Metro Manila cities - Makati, Muntinlupa, Manila, Taguig, and Parañaque - will receive the fresh supply.

Another 300,000 doses to be allocated as first dose may arrive next week, she added. All in all, the country is expecting a total of 5 million Sputnik V vaccines.

Meanwhile, Herbosa assured the public that all coronavirus shots will be used before they expire. Herbosa was addressing concerns about the possible expiration of up to 2 million AstraZeneca doses in the following months, given the pace of the government's immunization program.

Earlier, Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said using up 1.5 million shots for the first dose and the remaining 530,400 for the second is doable if the 1,047 vaccination sites in the country inoculate a minimum of 100 people daily with AstraZeneca vaccines.

Citing Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., Herbosa said the government expects around 10 million doses to be delivered every month.

"If we are able to have that kind of deliveries, supply will not be a problem. Ma-achieve natin ang target (We will achieve our target) which is 70 million by November 27, 28. It's a tight target but it looks doable," he added.