Kazakhstan in talks with Russia on delivery of Sputnik Light vaccine

Kazakhstan in talks with Russia on delivery of Sputnik Light vaccine

Kazakhstan’s authorities are negotiating with Russia for possible supply of the Sputnik Light COVID-19 jab, Health Minister Alexei Tsoi stated on Tuesday.

"We are currently working this out. We have asked our Russian colleagues for the possible delivery of the Sputnik Light COVID-19 vaccine," TASS cited the Kazakh health minister as saying.

According to Tsoi, the volume of possible supplies has not been determined yet. "We have asked Russia about the volumes it can produce since there is also a need for the country’s own market. As soon as we receive a commercial offer, <…> a substantive discussion will be held. Currently, we probably do not need large volumes as we have enough drugs for revaccination by the end of the year. So, the deliveries for next year are planned," the health minister went on to say.

The health minister recalled that the Karaganda Pharmaceutical Complex manufactured an experimental batch of Sputnik Light. "We have already produced a pilot batch there, now we are hammering out this issue. A test batch has been manufactured to try out the technology and then examine it with the developer," Tsoi pointed out. He also noted that the tests of the first batch of Sputnik Light on the basis of the pharmaceutical complex were successful.