Coronavirus: Algeria says it has discussed with Russia producing Sputnik V vaccine

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Algeria said on Sunday it had discussed with Russia the possibility of producing Moscow’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine.

Talks to manufacture the vaccine in Algeria took place during a meeting between Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad and Russian ambassador Igor Beliaev, the prime minister’s office said.


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“The two parties agreed to initiate contacts between the competent services of the two countries with the aim of establishing a bilateral cooperation...,” it said in a statement.

Algeria started its vaccination campaign on Saturday, a day after receiving 50,000 doses of Sputnik V. A shipment of the AstraZeneca vaccine is due to arrive on Monday.

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Algeria has so far reported 107,339 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 2,891 deaths.

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