COVID-19 vaccines

Philippines grants emergency approval for Russia’s Sputnik Light vaccine

Rambo Talabong
Philippines grants emergency approval for Russia’s Sputnik Light vaccine

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Gamaleya's Sputnik Light is the second single-dose vaccine approved for emergency use in the Philippines, after the Janssen vaccine

The Philippines has granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for Russia’s Sputnik Light vaccine, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General Eric Domingo confirmed to Rappler on Monday, August 23.

In a text message, Domingo said the EUA was approved on Friday, August 20.

The Sputnik Light vaccine is a human adenoviral vector platform vaccine made by Russian firm Gamaleya. It is a single-dose vaccine like the Janssen vaccine, which was previously the only single-dose vaccine approved for emergency use in the Philippines.

Philippines grants emergency approval for Russia’s Sputnik Light vaccine

According to the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Sputnik Light has an efficacy of 79.4%. Its cold storage temperature requirement is 2ºC to 8ºC.

Sputnik Light is different from Sputnik V, which is also manufactured by Gamaleya. Sputnik V, a two-dose vaccine, was earlier approved for emergency use and has already been rolled out for jabs.

So far, the Philippines has not announced any orders for doses of Sputnik Light.

The emergency approval gives the Philippine government another option for procuring vaccines as it aims to vaccinate 70 million Filipinos by the end of 2021 in order to achieve herd immunity. The country has so far inoculated 30 million with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.