MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will receive, starting next week, around 690,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines made by Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute and Pfizer, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez said Thursday.
During a Palace briefing, Galvez said an initial 15,000 doses of Gamaleya’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine are expected to arrive in the country on April 25. Another batch of 480,000 doses will be delivered on April 29.
On the same day, 500,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines will also arrive in the country.
Around 195,000 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from the World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX Facility may be delivered by end of April, Galvez said.
By May, the Philippines is expecting to receive around 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines – 2 million will be from Sinovac and 1 to 2 million from Gamaleya.
Galvez also expressed hope that 194,000 doses of Moderna vaccines will be delivered next month.
The vaccine czar also reported that another 2 million doses of Sputnik V may be delivered by June as well as 4.5 million Sinovac doses and 1.3 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines.
The Philippines has so far administered over 1 million COVID-19 vaccines, mostly to healthcare workers, senior citizens, and persons with co-morbidities, since the government rolled out the vaccination program on March 1.