As many as 40,000 doses of Sputnik-V COVID-19 vaccine of the lot donated by the Russian Federation were taken to the storehouse of the National Public Health Facility, while 31,000 doses were transmitted to the Transnistrian region. Adviser on communication at the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection Cristina Stratulat stated for the press that only 71,000 doses of vaccine were actually delivered to Chisinau (not 142,000 doses as it was reported earlier, e.n.). The other part of the donation is expected to be delivered in May.
Contacted by IPN for details, Alexei Ceban, epidemiologist of the National Public Health Agency, said that now the Republic of Moldova received the first dose of vaccine or component No. 1. The second dose is different from the first dose. “This is the only vaccine that has different components,” stated the specialist.
The vaccine doses haven’t been yet distributed to medical institutions as the Russian side didn’t specify when the second dose will be shipped. A confirmation is expected the coming days. Afterward, the doses will be distributed to all the territorial-administrative units, including Gagauzia, noted Alexei Ceban.
Sputnik-V will be used to vaccinate all the persons eligible to be immunized at the first or second stage, who haven’t been yet vaccinated for different reasons.