MANILA (UPDATE)— The scheduled arrival of 170,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses from Gamaleya Institute's Sputnik V on Wednesday night will be delayed due to logistical problems, the National Task Force Against COVID-19 said.
In a message sent to reporters, the government task force said the delivery of the said jabs from Russia "has been rescheduled to a later date."
The country is supposed to receive 120,000 Sputnik V doses as component I and 50,000 doses as component II.
The message did not indicate when exactly the doses would be delivered. But the task force's deputy chief implementer, Secretary Vince Dizon, said the batch would arrive "in the next few days."
“There were packing issues and this caused some delays with DHL. It will be on the next available flight out of Moscow," Dizon said.
The delivery has also been delayed last month because of some upgrades to the vaccine, NTF Against COVID-19 spokesperson Restituto Padilla, Jr. explained.
“Inaayos nila ‘yung pangalawang bakuna para maging ganap na epektibo ito para sa mga lumalabas na makabagong variant ng COVID,” said Padilla.
(They fixed the second vaccine so it would be really effective against the COVID-19 variants)
Earlier this week, the same task force announced the 2-week delay of the arrival of China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines.
Because of this, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. urged local government units to use the remaining Sinovac supplies as a second dose.
— With reports from Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News