Defensor wants to buy 275K doses of Sputnik V vaccine

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Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said the Province of Iloilo is looking for Covid-19 vaccines available in the market so the provincial government could immediately buy them.

Last week, Iloilo sent Russia’s pharmaceutical firm Gamaleya Research Institute a letter of intent for some 275,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine.

Gamaleya, however, has yet to respond, said Defensor. (

Early this year, the governor signed a tripartite agreement with British pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca and the National Task Force against Covid-19 to secure 270,000 doses of AZD1222 vaccine priced at $1,350,000.

The doses are expected to inoculate more or less 135,000 Ilonggos.