Pakistan Allows Private Sales of Russian Made Sputnik-V COVID Vaccine

Pakistan has now allowed the private sales of the Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V, amidst a slow vaccination rollout which has prioritized citizens over 50 years old and frontline health workers.

Pakistanis have crowded vaccination sites in the first round of private sales of the Covid-19 vaccine which started over the weekend, with some centers reporting they have already sold out.

Despite the cost of the two-dose Russian Sputnik V at 12,000 Pakistani rupees ($80), long queues have been reported, usually young people waiting to get vaccinated.

The country has allowed the private sector to import vaccines last month to be made available to the public.

The government has been offering free vaccines for priority citizens with only 800,000 doses so far, which can inoculate less than one percent of the population, according to a tally by Reuters.

The South Asian country has now reported nearly 700,000 Covid-19 infections with an additional 3,953 cases on Monday.

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