By J. Jala | 08:49 AM September 18, 2021
The Philippines will receive its first batch of single-shot Sputnik Light vaccine doses this month, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said.
Galvez said one million doses, which were procured by the government, would be delivered to the country.
“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,” he said in a statement.
The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for Sputnik Light on August 20.
According to the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Sputnik Light demonstrated 79.4% efficacy compared with 91.6% for the two-shot Sputnik V.
The country has so far received a total of 285,000 doses of Component 1, and 95,000 Component 2 doses of Sputnik V.