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Russia to send Nepal up to 25 million Sputnik V vaccine doses – RIA

Russia intends to supply Nepal with up to 25 million doses of its Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19, the RIA news agency reported on Tuesday, citing the Russian foreign ministry.

Russia’s sovereign wealth fund said on Tuesday it had agreed to supply 25 million doses of its potential COVID-19 vaccine to Nepal via Trinity Pharmaceuticals, which it described as a private healthcare firm and key distributor there.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund has struck multiple Sputnik V vaccine supply deals abroad, including to supply 100 million doses to India, where it also expects to hold clinical trials.

In December the Nepal government has written to the Indian government, requesting for procurement of COVID-19 vaccine to inoculate around 20 per cent of the Nepali population.