Sputnik V arrives today, needs special handling, storage

    MANILA — Today the Philippines is expecting the arrival of 15,000 initial doses of the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V. The vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute requires special handling and storage of the doses and prompts that distribution be limited to to local government units (LGUs) that meets the handling and storage preconditions.

    According to health department Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the Sputnik V vaccines need to be stored in a dark place and in tempetures not exceeding negative 18 degrees Celsius.

    “This storage cannot be found in all places of the country. So when the Sputnik V vaccines arrive, there are LGUs that are assigned to receive them because they have the capability for this kind of storage,” Vergeire explains.

    With the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines, which are presently used in the country, the doses are deposited in two to eight degrees Celsius storage facilities, or similar to regular refrigeration.

    National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr announced on Thursday for the initial batch of 15,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccines arriving today. It is undisclosed as to what time the shipment will arrive.

    It will be followed by 480,000 more doses on 29 April. On this same day some 500,000 Sinovac CoronaVac jabs are also set for shipment to the Philippines. (LO/The MiNT)

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