Russian Sputnik V Coronavirus Vaccine Arrives in Pakistan. The first shipment of the privately-imported Russian COVID-19 vaccine.
- DRAP proposes setting the price of two doses of Russian Vaccine Sputnik V between Rs8,000 and Rs9,000.
- Cabinet to give final approval of the recommendations sent by DRAP.
ISLAMABAD: The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has recommended the price of Russian coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V, to teh Pakistani government, according to sources.
The vaccine was imported by a private company a few days ago.
DRAP has recommended setting the price of two doses of Russian Vaccine Sputnik V between Rs8,000 and Rs9,000.
Gam-COVID-Vac or Sputnik V, comprising 50,000 doses arrived at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on Wednesday night, officials said.
According to officials, the vaccine will be provided to large hospitals and institutions for administration to people who can afford the jab.
“I congratulate AGP Limited for receiving the first batch of Sputnik V vaccine comprising 50,000 doses. From now onwards, shipments of this highly effective COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered to Pakistan at regular intervals and help the country fight the pandemic”, Russian trade representative in Karachi Ruslan Aliev told The News while handing over the ship to AGP Limited officials.
Double-dose Sputnik V has become the first COVID-19 vaccine now available in Pakistan in the private sector as earlier the country was relying on Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, which is being donated to the government of Pakistan by Chinese authorities to vaccinate its frontline healthcare workers and the elderly population.