PH expects one million single-shot Sputnik Light this month — Galvez

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17)— The first batch of the single-shot Sputnik Light vaccine is expected to arrive this month, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez said Friday.

The government-procured shipment will consist of one million doses, Galvez noted in a statement.

“The Sputnik V Light is more efficient because we will be able to protect more people faster. This would eliminate the problem wherein people fail to return for their second dose,” Galvez said.

The Sputnik Light earned emergency use approval from the Food and Drug Administration in August.

The vaccine — developed by Russian manufacturer Gamaleya Institute — requires a storage temperature of 2-8 degrees Celsius. The Russian Direct Investment Fund said it has 79.4% efficacy.

Meanwhile, the country is also expecting the delivery of 190,000 doses of Sputnik V (component 2) “by the weekend or early next week,” according to Galvez.