Russia would supply its Coronavirus vaccine to Pakistan thanks to flourishing bilateral ties between the two countries, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Russia Shafqat Ali Khan has revealed.
The ambassador was speaking to a group of journalists at the sidelines of the Army-2020, an international military-technical forum organized by the Russian Defense Ministry.
He added that the Russian-Pakistani relationship is not limited to a single area of interest. Instead, both countries holistically view cooperation with each other.
When asked about the details of the procurement of the Russian vaccine, the ambassador said:
I am not in the position to comment on the purchase because we are still assessing various vaccines. But we know that if we need it, the Russian side will help us.
He further said that Russian-Pakistani ties are at their strongest point in history as both countries have pledged to enhance cooperation in the coming years for global security and regional stability.
Earlier this month, Russia had registered the world’s first effective Coronavirus vaccine prepared by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute and the Russian Direct Investment Fund.
Meanwhile, the federal government has also increased its efforts to ensure the availability of the vaccine to the public as soon as possible.
In this regard, the National Command Operation Center (NCOC) has recommended ensuring adequate cold storage facilities for storing it.
NCOC has also suggested the federal government to partner with Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.
Previously, NCOC recommended increasing collaboration with China over joint vaccine trials.
Last week, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) approved the clinical trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine in collaboration with a Chinese company.
More than 200 volunteers had signed up to be administered three shots each of the inactivated Coronavirus during the 2 month-long clinical trials organized by the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences at the Indus Hospital, Karachi.