MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Afghanistan’s request for Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine is currently under consideration by the Russian government, and Kabul would like to receive the vaccine as soon as possible, Afghan Ambassador to Russia Said Tayeb Jawad told Sputnik in an interview.
When asked if he expected the first batch of the vaccine to arrive within the next few months, Jawad noted it depends on supply chains, also stressing that it is a top priority for Kabul, as the Afghan authorities “would like to see it there as soon as possible”.
Russian vaccine “Sputnik V” in the city hospital “Leninskaya CRH” in the city of Leninsk.
The Afghan diplomat also expressed the belief that Sputnik V would probably be the first coronavirus vaccine available in his country.
Jawad also confirmed that had absolutely no complaints after he got inoculated last Thursday.
A healthcare worker prepares a dose of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine Gam-COVID-Vac, trade-named Sputnik V, at a coronavirus vaccination center at a shopping mall, in Moscow, Russia.
Russia’s special presidential representative for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, told Sputnik in January that Afghan companies were engaged in negotiations with Russian partners on conditions and volumes of the potential vaccine supplies.
Sputnik V, developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, was registered by Russia on 11 August, becoming the first registered vaccine against coronavirus in the world. During trials, the vaccine demonstrated over 90 percent efficiency, and has now been approved by 30 countries across the globe.