Pakistan may consider holding late-stage clinical trials of Russian COVID vaccine, says Foreign Minister

Pakistan may consider holding late-stage clinical trials of Russian COVID vaccine, says Foreign Minister
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  • calendar-gray 14 September 2020

Pakistan's health ministry is reviewing a proposal of supplies of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine dubbed Sputnik V and can consider hosting late-stage clinical trials of the vaccine, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in an interview, APA reports quoting Sputnik.

"This is a very welcome development and we congratulate the Russian government. And it also is indicative of the expertise Russia has in medical sciences. The proposal has been floated and it's under consideration of the Ministry of Health of Pakistan", Qureshi said after he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

"We are open, we can consider it", he added, when asked if the proposal including late-stage clinical trials of the vaccine in Pakistan.

Sputnik V was registered by the Russian Health Ministry on 11 August, becoming the first registered vaccine against COVID-19 in the world.

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