Govt mulls local production of Sputnik V vaccine in collaboration with Russia

As Pakistan continues its hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine for its population of more than 220 million, the country is expected to start the local production of the Sputnik V vaccine in collaboration with Russia in the coming months.

This announcement was made by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, during a joint press conference alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

On the occasion, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said “Pakistan is looking forward to the Russian collaboration for the local production of Sputnik V vaccine.”

Speaking on the occasion, the Russian foreign minister said his government had provided 50,000 doses to Pakistan and intended to provide more than 150,000 doses in coming days.

Earlier in February, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) had granted approval to the Russian vaccine for Covid-19, for emergency use.

Sputnik V could be administered to a person of 18 and above it. The vaccine requires to store at minus-18 Celsius temperature, according to the sources at DRAP.

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