Philippines planning to give Myanmar 5 million Sputnik V vaccines

May 3, 2022 - 9:38 AM
FILE PHOTO: A vial labelled "Sputnik V COVID-19 Vaccine" is seen in this illustration taken January 16, 2022. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo)

The Philippines is considering donating to Myanmar five million doses of Sputnik V COVID vaccine that are close to expiry, a senior health official said on Monday.

The donation would be the first by the Philippines to another nation, after it scrambled for much of last year to procure vaccines for its 110 million population.

Health officials have said the Philippines now has ample supplies.

Authorities are seeking clearance to donate the Russian vaccines through the Myanmar Red Cross Society, health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told a regular news conference.

According its health ministry, less than half of the 53 million population have received two doses of a COVID vaccine in Myanmar, a country in turmoil since the military seized power 15 months ago.

That compares to nearly 67.9 million people vaccinated in the Philippines, which has battled one of the worst COVID crises in Asia.

—Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Martin Petty