By Amado Inigo
MANILA — First it was Sinovac from China, then AstraZeneca from Britain, and soon, a Covid-19 vaccine from Russia is also arriving soon into the country.
And that would be a reality very soon or in two weeks’ time vaccine czar Carlito Galvez said as the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is about to issue an Emergency Use Authorization for the Gamaleya vaccine in about one (1) or two (2) weeks.
“Yung sa Sputnik V, nasa advanced stage na po siya sa ating FDA clearance (The process for securing FDA clearance for Sputnik V is now at an advanced stage),” Galvez told the media Sunday (07 March 2021) during the ceremony for the rollout of AstraZeneca vaccines that was held at QualiMed Hospital in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
“Ang assessment namin within one week or two weeks na siguro, baka lumabas na po yung Gamaleya, Sputnik V (Our assessment is that it will be out within one or two weeks),” Galvez added.
Gamaleya applied for EUA for its vaccine, Sputnik V, two months ago or in January 2021.
Sputnik V has a high efficacy rate of 92 percent and the government plans to purchase 10 million to 15 million doses of Sputnik V Galvez earlier said.
China donated 600,000 doses of Sinovac last February 28 while Britain’s AstraZeneca already channeled into the country more than 500,000 anti-Covid vials in the first week of March. (AI/MTVN)