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Philippines receives 15k second doses of Sputnik V vs. COVID-19

The Philippines on Wednesday night received 15,000 second doses of Sputnik V vaccines against COVID-19 from Russia.

According to a tweet by GMA News' Corinne Catibayan, the vaccines arrived past 9 p.m. at the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay.

Food and Drug Administration Director General Eric Domingo told GMA News Online that the 15,000 doses delivered on Wednesday were Component 2 or the Sputnik V's second dose.

"Component 1 is the first dose, component 2 is the 2nd dose. So we have  for 15,000 people," Domingo said in a text message.

According to FDA, the delivered vaccines made by Russia's Gamaleya Research Institute must be stored inside a dark place with a temperature not exceeding -18°C.

The drug is only fit for use for six months, the FDA said. The drugs can also be administered to individuals aged 18 years old and above.

On May 1, the first 15,000 doses of Sputnik V arrived in the country after its delivery was delayed because of logistical issues and flight concerns.

The initial doses were distributed to five cities in Metro Manila due to their capacity to store the drugs. —NB, GMA News