Russia has expressed readiness to establish a vaccine manufacturing facility in the Philippines, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said.

Russia wants to build COVID vaccine manufacturing site in PH, Locsin says

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The long wait for the potential vaccine to the dreaded coronavirus disease may soon be over.

Russia has expressed readiness to establish a vaccine manufacturing facility in the Philippines, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said.

Locsin got the information from Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev during a recent farewell call.

“Russia is willing to put up manufacturing facility in the Philippines which, I told the good ambassador Igor Khobaev, makes eminent sense,” Locsin tweeted on Oct. 7.

Locsin said the Russian-led facility will help produce vaccines in the event the coronavirus mutates into other forms of illness.

“This virus will stay and keep mutating so we need the capacity to keep adapting and putting out vaccines for every variation,” he said.

Russia has offered to supply coronavirus vaccines to the Philippines following a recent breakthrough on Sputnik V, its potential vaccine for the contagious virus. President Duterte even offered to be the first to get inoculated with the vaccine as a gesture of trust and gratitude to Russia.

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