Togo sent Russia an official request for supplies of Sputnik V vaccine

16 February 2021


Togo has officially asked the Russian Federation for cooperation in supplying the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday following talks with Togo's Foreign Minister Robert Dussey.

"Colleagues from Togo have already made an official request for our cooperation in supplying this vaccine. It is necessary to take some actions, implement [regulatory] procedures inside Togo, and as soon as this happens, we will be ready to consider practical steps," Lavrov pointed out.

According to him, the Russian vaccine has so far been registered only in three African countries - Algeria, Tunisia and the Republic of Guinea. "The sooner the vaccine is registered [in Togo], the sooner we will be able to determine the supply," Lavrov continued. He recalled that a videoconference recently took place between the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the African Task Force on Coronavirus Vaccine Acquisition, which was formed by the African Union.

"Now we just need to finish certain administrative procedures, we will start the registration procedure. We will look forward to Sputnik V in our country," Dussey noted in turn.

Russia was the first country in the world to register a coronavirus vaccine, named Sputnik V, on August 11, 2020. The drug was developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology. Sputnik V is a vector vaccine based on human adenovirus.


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Based on materials from TASS