Covid-19 : Togo in talks with Russia to buy its Sputnik V vaccine

Friday, 19 February 2021 10:47
Covid-19 : Togo in talks with Russia to buy its Sputnik V vaccine

(Togo First) - Besides Aztraszenca’s vaccine approved by the WHO, Togo is looking to adopt Russia's Sputnik V vaccine. 

The Covid-19 pandemic is so severe that we believe that any vaccine that has a chance of saving humanity and protect our people is good to try”, Robert Dussey, Togo's minister of foreign affairs, told Sputnik. “It is therefore obvious that during our stay in Russia, we will negotiate a deal to buy the Sputnik V vaccine for the vaccination campaign scheduled to begin next June. Also, Togo is not the only country to be interested in this vaccine”.

Lomé officially submitted a request to its Russian partner to this end. This was disclosed in a joint press conference held on February 16th, 2021, at St Petersburg, subsequent to a meeting between Togo and Russia's Minister of foreign affairs. 

Commenting on the development, Russia's foreign affairs minister, Sergei Lavrov, said: "Our Togolese colleagues have officially requested our cooperation to obtain this vaccine [ed note: Sputnik V]"

The Russian vaccine was recently validated by the International Scientific Community and has so far been adopted by 30 countries in the world. In Algeria, Tunisia, and Guinea where it was used, it recorded an efficacy of 92%. 

The deal for the Russian vaccine is being negotiated as Togo prepares to launch the first wave of vaccination soon. 

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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