Russia offers to supply Philippines with COVID-19 vaccine - (National Post via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Igor Khovaev, Russia's ambassador to the Philippines, said Russia is willing to supply a COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines, or team up with a local company to mass produce it, as reported National Post on Friday.

  • Russia is expecting regulatory approval for its first COVID-19 vaccine this month, with doses to be initially administered to frontline healthcare workers.

  • "We are ready to supply vaccines to the Philippines," Khovaev said, adding that it can also invest with a Philippine partner for local vaccine production.

  • He added that Russia was waiting on a response to its proposal from the Philippines' foreign ministry.

  • Khovaev said the vaccine was "effective and safe," adding that around 20 countries had expressed interest in working with Russia on deployment of the vaccines.

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