Philippines approves Sputnik Light COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use
The official in charge of vaccine procurement, Carlito Galvez, said the approval of the single-dose vaccine Sputnik Light would boost the government's vaccination drive.
In March, the Philippines' FDA granted the emergency use authorization to use Russia's two-dose Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. The Philippines also has approved several COVID-19 vaccines including Sinovac, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca and Pfizer, among others.
The Philippines has administered over 30 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Over 13 million people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 so far. The government aims to vaccinate up to 70 million people this year.
On Monday, the Philippines' Department of Health reported 18,332 new COVID-19 infections, the biggest single-day spike since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. The Philippines now has a total of over 1.85 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 31,961 deaths. ■