14:59 GMT15 April 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Ksenia Shakalova - A meeting is expected soon between Afghan and Russian health officials to discuss the supplies of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammed Haneef Atmar told Sputnik in an interview.

    "We would like to have the Sputnik V vaccine [get] to Afghanistan, and we agreed that our health officials will be soon meeting and talking on a practical plan on how to get the vaccine into Afghanistan", Atmar said.

    Asked about the possibility of Afghanistan moving the vaccine's production to its territory, as several importing countries have already done, the minister said it was up to the health authorities to decide.

    "But naturally I am always for home production", he added.
    A medical specialist holds a vial of Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus in a department store in Moscow, Russia, January 18, 2021
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    A medical specialist holds a vial of Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus in a department store in Moscow, Russia, January 18, 2021

    Sputnik V is a dual human adenoviral vector-based vaccine that was developed by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Centre and registered by the Russian government on 11 August 2020. Interim results of Phase 3 clinical trials established its efficacy rate at 91.6 percent.

    The vaccine has now been registered in 38 countries, including Hungary, San Marino, Serbia, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Algeria, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates. Aside from Russia, it's being produced in such countries as Argentina, Belarus, India, Iran, and Turkey.

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