The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization (EUA) to the Sputnik Light vaccine, a single-shot Covid-19 vaccine from Russia.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. announced FDA’s new approved vaccine during a Palace briefing.

“I would like to announce that the EUA for Sputnik Light na one dose na siya ay naaprubahan na po ng FDA,” he said.

Galvez said that the Sputnik Light vaccine was like the US-made Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccine, which fully vaccinates an individual against Covid-19 in one shot. The J&J has been approved for emergency use in the Philippines since April.

The Philippines is looking to procure 10 million doses of Sputnik Light, Galvez said.

“We will follow up iyong more or less 10 million natin na doses. It will become, tinatawag nating 10 million treatments, meaning 10 milyon na tayo ang makikinabang nito ng full protection,” he said.

Sputnik Light has a 79.4- percent efficacy rate, lower than the two-shot Sputnik V vaccine, which has a 91.6 percent efficacy. John Ezekiel J. Hirro