The arrival of 15,000 doses of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine scheduled Wednesday night will not push through, according to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.
“We confirm that logistical challenges resulted in the delay of the arrival of 15,000 doses trial order of Sputnik V,” Roque said in a statement.
“Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez has taken steps to address these challenges and aims to receive the initial order in the month of May instead,” he added.
The 15,000 doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine, which requires a -20°C storage, were supposed to arrive at 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Roque said among the “challenges” for the delivery of the vaccines were the fact that there are no direct flights from Russia to the Philippines, and the required temperature for the vaccine's storage.
In a report of Ian Cruz over "24 Oras," testing czar Vince Dizon said the delivery of initial doses of Sputnik V was again delayed this Wednesday, April 28, due to issues with the Russia company's logistics partner.
Dizon said the shipping of 480,000 Sputnik V shots will also not push through on Thursday, April 29.
Dizon said Russian-made vaccines might arrive "sometime next week."
Based on Food and Drug Administration's evaluation, the efficacy rate of Sputnik V is at 91%.
Had the delivery pushed through, it will be the first batch of Russian-made COVID-19 vaccines to be delivered to the Philippines. —With a report from Consuelo Marquez/KBK/LDF, GMA News