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AGP Refutes Chughtai Lab’s Claims of Importing Sputnik V Vaccine

AGP Limited, a Karachi-based pharmaceutical firm, has categorically denied media reports which claimed that Russia’s Coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V, will be available through Chughtai Laboratory, one of Pakistan’s leading laboratories.

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According to the official statement, AGP has not signed a supply agreement with any hospital or laboratory for the supply of Sputnik V vaccine


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Being the exclusive distributor of Sputnik V vaccine, AGP will only sign a supply agreement with any hospital or laboratory after completing legal requirements, read the AGP statement.

Earlier this month, it was reported that AGP Limited was set to import Sputnik V to Pakistan after receiving relevant regulatory approvals.

CEO and Managing Director Nusrat Munshi had said that AGP will ensure the availability of a sufficient supply of Sputnik V vaccine on an emergency basis to augment the government’s effort in vaccinating the masses.

Director Chughtai Lab, Dr. Omar Chughtai, had claimed that the first shipment of Sputnik-V vaccine will reach Pakistan within the next week or two.

Last month, DRAP had granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to the Russian vaccine.


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In August last year, Russia had registered the world’s first effective Coronavirus vaccine prepared by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RFID).

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RFID had claimed that Sputnik V offered 92% protection against the SARS-COV-2, the Coronavirus which causes the COVID-19 disease.

Sputnik V is administered in two shots 21 days apart. Its liquid form must be kept at -18°C while a freeze-dried version can be stored at normal fridge temperatures of 2-8°C.

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