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Sputnik V vaccine imported in Pakistan at a price worth of $22.5 per dose: report

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  • The primary consignment of fifty,000 doses of the vaccine arrived on Wednesday
  • Sputnik V vaccine might be distributed to vaccination centres in per week after worth approval from DRAP.
  • It is going to be administered via hospitals and establishments which are authorised by the federal government as COVID-19 vaccination centres.

KARACHI: Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V has been imported by a non-public Pakistan agency at a price worth of $22.5 per dose, The Information reported Friday quoting unnamed sources.

The primary consignment of fifty,000 doses of the vaccine arrived on Wednesday and was moved to a storage facility within the metropolis as the federal government has not but set a worth cap for the vaccines imported by the non-public sector.

Sputnik V vaccine might be distributed to vaccination centres in per week after its worth is decided by the Drug Regulatory Authority (DRAP), sources advised the publication.

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Now the regulatory authority would situation a no-objection certificates and a ruling for the advertising of the drugs, after which it will be distributed to the non-public centres.

The method would take round per week, sources stated.

Sputnik-V is considered one of 4 vaccines accredited for emergency use in Pakistan, along with these by China’s Sinopharm and CanSinoBio and the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot.

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The Russian vaccine has successful ratio of 91.6%.

It is going to be administered via hospitals and establishments which are authorised by the federal government as COVID-19 vaccination centres.

Earlier, the federal government had allowed the non-public sector to import and promote the COVID-19 vaccine on the worth of their alternative however lately, the federal authorities revoked its earlier coverage and determined to repair the worth itself.

Now, the pricing board of the DRAP would repair the worth and ship it to the cupboard for approval and after approval, the non-public agency may promote the merchandise regionally.

“There is a formula, already in vogue, to determine maximum price,” Well being Minister Faisal Sultan advised Reuters.

“So yes, there is a price cap that DRAP will recommend and get approval for.”

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