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Sputnik V vaccine arriving in Manila earlier at 3:30 p.m. —Duque

The arrival of the first batch of ordered Sputnik V vaccines from Russia is expected to arrive in the Philippines at 3:30 p.m., over an hour earlier than the original 5 p.m. estimated time of arrival this Saturday.

According to a tweet by Super Radyo DZBB, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the 15,000 doses of Sputnik V will arrive at 3:30 p.m.


Earlier, Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta said that the first shipment of 15,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccines has already left Russia.

Sorreta said the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 would arrive "by May 1."

Logistical issues have delayed the trial order which was supposed to arrive Wednesday this week.

The Russian vaccines need to be stored at -20°C, thus the trial order. The rest of the vaccines from Russia will consist of 480,000 doses. 

The 480,000 doses was initially scheduled to arrive on Thursday along with 500,000 Sinovac doses, which arrived as scheduled.

In an earlier "Dobol B TV" interview, COVID-19 testing czar Secretary Vince Dizon said that after delays in the delivery of the 15,000 doses of Sputnik V due to logistical limitations, the batch is in transit and was expected to touch down at about 5 p.m. Saturday. —LBG, GMA News