The Philippines has received 190,000 Sputnik V jabs to be used as second doses.

Sputnik V deliveries to the Philippines have often faced delays. Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the delays were due to “production issues” of the vaccine manufacturer.

“As promised by the Russian Direct Investment Fund that this will be delivered today, we are very thankful that they fulfilled their promise and we are hoping that in the next deliveries, there will be no more delay,” he told reporters.

Galvez said the vaccines would be deployed to Metro Manila, Regions 3 and 4-A. Bohol, Isabela and Bacoor City in Cavite.

The Philippines has 18.3 million fully vaccinated individuals and 22.7 partially vaccinated Filipinos.

The latest delivery of the Russian vaccine jabs brought the country’s Sputnik V total to 570,000 doses.

The Philippines has received 59,359,810 Covid-19 vaccine doses to date. John Ezekiel J. Hirro