Kazakhstan to launch production of Russian vaccine

5 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

NUR-SULTAN: Ex-Soviet Kazakhstan said Friday it will begin producing Russia’s coronavirus vaccine later this month, becoming the latest country to do so as a global inoculation race heats up, reports AFP.

Russia last month said its Sputnik V drug was 95 percent effective and would be cheaper and easier to store than some alternatives.

President Vladimir Putin has called on Moscow’s allies to mass produce the country’s vaccines.

In a statement on Friday, Kazakhstan’s presidency said the country would begin producing Sputnik V from December 22, with plans to begin inoculating vulnerable groups in early 2021.

The developers of Sputnik V — named after the Soviet-era satellite — have said the jab will be available on international markets for less than $10 (8.40 euros) per dose.

They have also said it can be stored at between two and eight degrees Celsius (between 35.6 and 46.4 degrees Fahrenheit) instead of the temperatures far below freezing required for some other vaccines.