Pakistan requests to acquire 5 mn doses of Russia’s Sputnik vaccine

A vial labelled “Sputnik V Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine” and a syringe are seen on this photograph, March 12, 2021. REUTERS/Illustration/Dado Ruvic/Information.
  • Again in March, Russia had supplied to assist Pakistan in procuring the vaccine. 
  • The primary cargo of 50,000 doses of Sputnik V arrived in Pakistan in March for the personal sector.
  • The Sputnik V vaccine proved to be a preferred alternative amongst Pakistanis who purchased it.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has requested Russia to help it within the procurement of 5 million extra doses of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, The Information reported Tuesday.

The request was made by International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Monday throughout a telephonic dialog together with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.

Qureshi reaffirmed that relations with Russia had been a key precedence of Pakistan’s overseas coverage. Throughout his go to to Islamabad in April this 12 months, Lavrov had mentioned: “We’ve got a lot of overseas companions to supply these vaccines. So these vaccines may be provided to Pakistan. As a lot as we will, we can be serving to Pakistan to cowl the demand “.

The primary cargo of 50,000 doses of Sputnik V arrived in Pakistan in March for the personal sector and turned out to be extraordinarily common amongst those that purchased it. 

Throughout the name, the 2 overseas ministers exchanged views on bilateral, regional and world problems with mutual curiosity, mentioned the International Workplace.

Russia has additionally just lately lifted the ban on the import of rice from Pakistan — a transfer welcomed by Pakistan. Qureshi advised Lavrov that Pakistan hoped that joint mechanisms akin to political consultations, Pakistan-Russia IGC, and numerous different Joint Working Teams conferences would resume as soon as the COVID-19 scenario had normalised.

He mentioned Lavrov’s latest go to to Pakistan mirrored the keenness of either side to deepen their long-term multidimensional partnership. Qureshi mentioned Pakistan-Russia relations had made spectacular progress over the previous twenty years and each should proceed to capitalize on their cooperation.

He additional mentioned an necessary improvement since International Minister Lavrov’s go to was the signing of a protocol on amendments to the Inter-Governmental Settlement for the event of the North-South Fuel Pipeline Mission (Pakistan Stream) including that it will pave approach for early graduation of the venture.

The 2 overseas ministers pressured the significance of follow-up motion on the choices made in the course of the latest visits to rework these into tangible outcomes.

Either side agreed to work carefully for an early negotiated political settlement of the Afghan problem. In the meantime, Pakistan was Monday elected as a daily member of the Governing Physique of the Worldwide Labour Organisation (ILO).

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