Putin’s candidate for PM says he is ‘ready’ to work

UNTV News   •   January 16, 2020   •   535

Russia’s Prime Minister nominee Mikhail Mishustin at State Duma epa08133005 Russian Prime Minister nominee Mikhail Mishustin speaks during a plenary session at the State Duma in Moscow, Russia, 16 January 2020. Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted the candidacy of Russian Federal Taxation Service Head Mikhail Mishustin for the post of Russian Prime Minister after the Russian government resigned on 15 January 2020 following Putin’s address to the federal Assembly. The Russian State Duma is to consider the president’s nomination on 16 January 2020. EPA-EFE/YURI KOCHETKOV

Moscow – Russian prime ministerial candidate Mikhail Mishustin said Thursday he is “ready” to lead the new government as he met with different factions of the Duma (Parliament) that will assess his suitability for the position.

“Yes, I am ready,” the economist and politician, who until now had been the head of the Federal Tax Service of Russia, told reporters, as cited by the Interfax news agency.

Mishustin, 53, was put forward as a candidate to lead the government on Wednesday by President Vladimir Putin after PM Dmitri Medvedev announced the resignation of the entire government following Putin’s announcement of constitutional reforms in his annual state of the nation speech.

The minister of science and higher education, Mikhail Kotjukov, said Thursday at the Gaidar Forum that he had not expected the resignation of the entire government, according to the news official agency TASS.

In a meeting held with the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) Mishustin said he would organize the government “in close collaboration with Parliament,” according to party sources, who decided to support the appointment of this Muscovite technocrat, its leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky said.

Mishustin already has the support of the official United Russia party, whose head in the Duma, Sergey Neverov, said Thursday that the candidate announced “changes” in the composition of the government, though he did not reveal which ones.

During the meeting with the Kremlin party, the candidate spoke about national projects and the digital economy among his priorities, as well as institutional and management reforms, in addition to the implementation of modern information technologies within state structures.

Mishustin, who modernized the Federal Tax Service with new technologies, believes that the state “should be a digital platform created for people,” according to Anastasia Kashevarov, an aide to the speaker of the Duma.

The candidate also said national investment projects in different sectors are a tool for boosting growth in the Russian economy and if he is appointed PM he will start by removing barriers to business.

In his talks with the Communist Party of Russia, which will abstain in Thursday’s vote on Putin’s candidate according to party leader Gennady Zyuganov, Mishustin said he would do everything he could to solve poverty issues.

Putin announced Wednesday in his state of the nation speech social support initiatives, such as increasing aid to families with incomes below the existential minimum, a program to modernize the health care system and more scholarships for university students.

The president is on Thursday expected to meet with the members of a working group created to prepare changes to the Russian constitution.

Mishustin, who will have the backing of A Just Russia in the session, heard criticism from some factions of the Duma regarding four ministries: labor, health, education and culture, according to Kashevarov. EFE-EPA

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15K second doses of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine arrive in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Another batch of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute was delivered to the Philippines on Wednesday.

The 15,000 doses of vaccines arrived past 9 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

The National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said the newly delivered doses were Component 2 or the follow-up dose of the initial batch of Sputnik V vaccines that arrived in the country last May 1.

It can be recalled that the first batch of Sputnik V vaccines were used in a logistical run to prepare for the arrival of additional doses.

The Food and Drug Administration earlier said that Sputnik V vaccines must be stored at a temperature around -18 degrees Celsius.

Five cities in Metro Manila received the initial batch as they have the cold storage facilities required for the vaccines.

NTF against COVID-19 and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez earlier said that this shipment is part of a 10-million dose agreement between the Philippine government and Gamaleya Research institute that are expected to arrive in the next four months.

Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, maaaring ibigay sa A1-A3 sectors – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   May 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Lahat ng mga indibidwal na nasa A1 hanggang A3 category ng COVID-19 vaccination plan ng pamahalaan ay kuwalipikadong tumanggap ng bakunang gawa ng Gamaleya Research Institute, ayon sa Department of Health (DOH).

Sa isang online briefing, ipinaliwanag ni Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire na maaaring ibigay sa lahat ng age group ang Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine batay sa indikasyon nito.

Ang A1 ay tumutukoy sa healthcare workers, A2 ay pawing mga senior citizen, habang ang A3 naman ay mga taong may iba pang karamdaman o co-morbidity.

“Ang NITAG po kapag nagbigay ng indikasyon ang FDA through the emergency use authority, yan po ang ina-adopt natin. Hindi tayo nagbabago diyan not unless there are specific na kailangan pag-aralan based on evidence na existing,” ani Vergeire.

Noong Sabado, Mayo 1, dumating sa bansa mula sa Russia ang unang 15,000 doses ng Sputnik V vaccine. Sinasabing 91.6 percent ang efficacy ng bakunang ito.

Tig-3,000 doses ang ibinigay sa limang lungsod sa Metro Manila na kinabibilangan ng Makati, Maynila, Taguig, Parañaque at Muntinlupa.

Una nang sinabi ng DOH na ang limang nabanggit na lungsod muna ang binigyan dahil may storage facility ang mga ito para sa -18 degrees Celsius na requirement ng bakuna.

Ayon kay Vergeire, maaaring simulan ang pagbabakuna gamit ang Sputnik V vaccine sa mga susunod na araw.

Aniya, sa mga natukoy na pasilidad sa Makati Coliseum, Lakeshore Vaccination Hub sa Taguig, at Ayala Mall Manila Bay sa Parañaque isasagawa ang pagbabakuna.

Sa Sta. Ana Hospital at Ospital ng Maynila naman isasagawa ang sa Maynila, at sa Ospital ng Muntinlupa at Asian Hospital and Medical Center sa Muntinlupa.

Tiniyak rin ni Vergeire na inihahanda na ang rational na storage at distribution process sa iba pang lalawigan para sa karagdagan pang doses ng Sputnik V vaccine na inaasahang darating sa bansa ngayong buwan.

“Mayroon naman po tayong mga storage facilities na may mga ganitong kakayanan doon sa mga major regions natin na urbanized katulad ng Davao, ng Cebu, Region 4A, Region 3 and Region. Meron na ho tayong kausap na na logistical firms kung saan they have that capacity to transport these kinds of vaccines,” ang wika ng opisyal.

“We would like that we can see how are we going to manage it properly, to store it properly and to distribute it properly… Titingnan natin ang experience natin diyan at kung mayroon tayong kailangan i-improve, i-improve natin,” dagdag pa niya.

Nitong May 1, nasa 1.93 milyon na ang nabakunahan sa priority sectors sa bansa. Mahigit 284,000 rito ang nakatanggap na ng pangalawang dose. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

First batch of Sputnik V vaccines to be given to 5 Metro Manila cities — DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   May 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The initial 15,000 doses of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines from Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute will be given to five cities in Metro Manila, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

The DOH said the vaccines that arrived in the country on May 1 will be deployed to Makati, Manila, Taguig, Parañaque, and Muntinlupa on Monday afternoon.

The said cities will be the first to get the Russian-made vaccines because they have the cold storage facilities required for the vaccines, which need to be stored at -18 degrees Celsius.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the distribution of the first batch of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines will be the logistical run to prepare for the arrival of 485,000 more doses of the vaccine expected to arrive this month.

Galvez said this shipment is part of a 10-million dose agreement between the Philippine government and Gamaleya Research institute that are expected to arrive in the next four months.

The vaccine czar earlier said that the bulk of COVID-19 vaccines procured by the government from various companies is expected to arrive starting June.

The Philippines has so far received over four million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including those from Sinovac Biotech and AstraZeneca under the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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