Russia commits to increase COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 3) — Russia is ready to increase Spuntik V COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to the Philippines, Malacañang said.

Russian president Vladimir Putin made the remark during his recent telesummit with President Rodrigo Duterte, as part of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the Palace said in a statement.

Dutetre also thanked Putin for making the coronavirus shot available to the Philippines, while also reiterating the importance of fast delivery of the vaccines.

“The Philippines and Russia have indeed a lot to celebrate. Our cooperation continues to strengthen and gain new momentum,” the Philippine leader said.

The country has so far received 80,000 doses of Spuntik V as of last month.

Aside from pandemic response, Putin also said that Russia is ready to import more Philippine agricultural products, support transportation infrastructure projects, help build renewable energy facilities, and supply military equipment to the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Duterte mentioned favorable developments in the procurement of 16 heavy lift helicopters and that the Philippines is looking forward to working with Russia for the faster modernization of the former's defense assets and systems.

The Philippine chief executive also underscored the importance of improving Russian market access of Philippine products, adding that local companies are ready to bring more of their products to the foreign country.

Duterte also expressed appreciation for the warm hospitality of Russia to more than 10,000 Filipinos in the said country.