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The primary cargo of privately-imported Russian COVID-19 vaccine, Gam-COVID-Vac or Sputnik V, on the Jinnah Worldwide Airport in Karachi. Picture: Our correspondent
  • Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V arrives in Pakistan.
  • The double-dose Sputnik V has turn out to be the primary COVID-19 vaccine now obtainable in Pakistan within the personal sector.
  • Well being division officers stated the vaccine might be given to main hospitals and medical establishments. It can’t, nonetheless, be offered until the federal government fixes a value.

KARACHI: Pakistan acquired Wednesday night time the primary cargo of privately-imported Russian COVID-19 vaccine, Gam-COVID-Vac or Sputnik V, on the Jinnah Worldwide Airport in Karachi.

For now, 50,000 doses of the Sputnik coronavirus vaccine have arrived in Karachi. Well being division officers stated the vaccine might be given to main hospitals and medical establishments.

“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,” a Russian trade representative in Karachi, Ruslan Aliev, was quoted as saying by The News.

Read more: Russian vaccine Sputnik V to be provided only to large hospitals, says Pakistani importer

Aliev handed over the the shipment to the private firm.

The 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 the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, which is being donated to the Pakistan government by Chinese authorities to vaccinate its frontline healthcare workers and elderly population.

Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) had granted emergency use authorisation to the Russian COVID-19 vaccine in the last week of January, 2021.

The DRAP registration board declared the Russian coronavirus vaccine suitable for administration to the elderly population, following recommendations of a committee of experts last week.

Read more: Pakistan approves Sinopharm, Sputnik V vaccines for people above 60 years

Officials of the private firm importing the Sputnik vaccine said they have initially procured 50,000 doses which can vaccinate 25,000 adults. Around 150,000 more doses of the vaccine are expected to reach Pakistan by the end of this week.

How much will the Sputnik vaccine cost?

The private firm cannot sell the Sputnik vaccine to hospitals and institutions yet. DRAP officials said they have to wait for the government to fix the price of the vaccine, which could take a few days or even some weeks.

“Earlier the government had allowed the private sector to import and sell the COVID-19 vaccine on the price of their choice but recently, the federal government revoked its earlier policy and decided to fix the price itself,” a DRAP official stated.

Learn extra: Pakistan to obtain greater than 10m free coronavirus vaccines from COVAX

He stated the DRAP pricing board will repair the worth and ship it to the cupboard for approval. After this, the personal sector will be capable of promote the vaccine.

Sindh Well being Minister Dr Azra Pechuho had stated Russians had quoted $26-$28 for 2 doses of the Sputnik vaccine to the Sindh authorities.

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