Pakistan mulls local production of Russia's Sputnik-V COVID-19 vaccine

10:51 AM | 8 Apr, 2021
Pakistan mulls local production of Russia's Sputnik-V COVID-19 vaccine

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan is all set to start the local manufacturing of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V in collaboration with Russia in the coming months.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Wednesday during a joint press conference with the Russian counterpart said Pakistan is looking forward to the Russian collaboration for the local production of the Sputnik V vaccine.

The Russian FM Lavrov said his government had provided 50,000 doses to Pakistan and intended to provide more than 150,000 doses in the coming weeks.

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Lavrov also expressed satisfaction over an increase in bilateral trade which reached $790 million over the last year.

Earlier, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) had approved the emergency use of the Russian vaccine.

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The health ministry has set the price of two doses of the Russian vaccine at Rs 8,449. The packet containing four doses of Sputnik-V is set at Rs 16,560 while 10 and 20 doses would be available at Rs40,555 and Rs 81,110.