More Sputnik V vaccines arrive in PH

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Photo courtesy: National Task Force Against Covid19/Facebook

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 30) — Thousands more Sputnik V vaccines arrived in the country Sunday night, the third batch of the Russian-made vaccines to be welcomed locally.

Fifty thousand doses of the vaccines arrived past 10:30 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport via a Qatar Airways flight, according to the National Task Force on COVID-19.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. led the delegation in welcoming the fresh batch of supplies from Russia.

Photos shared by Philippine Ambassador to Russia King Sorreta on Facebook showed the vaccines being prepared for loading onboard the aircraft.

"The Embassy Team inspected this batch, including its special packing under the supervision of the DoH Team by video conference. We hope to send larger batches soon," he said.

Earlier, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the vaccines may go to select areas that are populous and have increasing COVID-19 cases. 

The first two batches of Sputnik V vaccines arrived in the country early this month. The Philippines received 15,000 doses for each shipment that reached the country last May 1 and 12.

The total 30,000 doses were distributed in five Metro Manila cities - Makati, Muntinlupa, Manila, Taguig, and Parañaque.