29 Apr 2021 17:49

Uzbekistan would like to produce Sputnik V vaccine in its territory - PM

KAZAN. April 29 (Interfax) - Tashkent will ask Moscow to increase supplies of a Covid-19 vaccine and to consider the possibility of manufacturing this vaccine in Uzbek territory, Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov said at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

The vaccination campaign using the Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V has successfully started in Uzbekistan, Aripov said.

"I'd like to ask you to increase its [Sputnik V] supplies. We are ready to enhance the contract and would be happy if we have the opportunity to begin producing it [vaccine] in Uzbekistan," the prime minister said.

Vaccination for Covid-19 began in Uzbekistan on April 1. It is currently using the AstraZeneca vaccine, a recombinant vaccine developed by China's Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutica and Russia's Sputnik V. More than 600,000 people in Uzbekistan have been vaccinated against Covid-19 to date.