Ni Monica N. Ladisla
Source: PNA
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Dahil sa mahigpit na storage at handling requirements, hindi umano mabibigyan ng Sputnik V vaccine ang lahat ng lokal na pamahalaan sa bansa ayon sa Food and Drug Administration.

Sa pahayag ni FDA Director General Eric Domingo, kailangang ilagay ang mga naturang bakuna sa specialized freezers na mayroong mababang temperatura.

“That really is an issue. That means this Sputnik vaccine is probably going to go to the big city centers, or where they have hospitals; and they have storage facilities that will be able to hold the minus 18 degrees centigrade vaccines,” pahayag ni Domingo.

Dagdag pa niya, “It’s not going to be as widely distributed as Sinovac and AstraZeneca. They will have to be more choosy where to set it.”

Muli rin umanong magsasagawa ng simulation ang gobyerno pagdating ng Sputnik V vaccines sa bansa.

“I think it’s because they’re trying to get used to the stringent co-chain management. Unlike the vaccines that have come before that can be kept in regular pharmaceutical freezers and refrigerators, this one needs special care because of the minus 18 degree-requirement,” paglilinaw ni Domingo.

Siniguro rin ni Domingo na ligtas at epektibo ang bakuna bagama’t hindi pa muling nasisimulan ang panibagong review nito sa pangunguna ng World Health Organization at European Medicines Agency.

“If you look at our timeline, it took us the longest probably to check the Russian vaccine because we really required and asked for all the documents regarding safety and efficacy, and of course, the quality of the product,” ani Domingo.

Binigyan ng emergency use authorization ng FDA ang bakunang gawa ng Russia nitong nakaraang Marso lamang.


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