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Sputnik V jabs rolled out

Acting Bacolod City Health Officer Dr. Edwin Miraflor Jr., and Dr. Chris Sorongon (l-r) spearhead the Sputnik V rollout in Bacolod City*

The Bacolod City government rolled out the Sputnik V vaccine Wednesday at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central vaccination site.

Executive Director Em Legaspi-Ang of the Emergency Operations Center-Task Force, said the Sputnik V supply came from the national government.

Dr. Edwin Miraflor, Jr., officer-in-charge of the City Health Office, and Dr. Chris Sorongon, EOC deputy for medical. data analysis and management, administered the vaccines themselves to recipients who lined up early to avail of the jabs.

The national government delivered a total of 10,000 doses of the Sputnik V from Russia’s Gamaleya Institute to Bacolod City, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said.

Only local government units that meet the storage and handling requirements for Sputnik V vaccines, which is negative 18 degrees Celsius, were given the vaccines, Ang explained.

Sputnik V is the world’s first registered vaccine based on a well-studied human adenovirus vector platform.

The vaccine is named after the first Soviet space satellite.

The launch of Sputnik-1 in 1957 reinvigorated space research around the world, creating a so called “Sputnik moment” for the global community.

Sputnik V is a non-replicating viral vector vaccine 2-dose regimen given 21-42 days apart.

It is one of the three vaccines in the world with an efficacy of over 90 percent, studies indicated.

The vaccine’s efficacy was validated by internationally peer reviewed data published in The Lancet.

Clinical studies conducted on the vaccine has shown 91.6% overall vaccine efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19, 21 days after the first dose. It has 100 percent vaccine efficacy against moderate and severe cases, 21 days after the first dose.

Sputnik V was granted Emergency Use Authorization by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration on March 19.*

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