Bilateral relations and cooperation in combating the novel coronavirus infection, including the use of vaccines, were in focus of a telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Bolivian counterpart, Luis Arce, the Kremlin press service said on Tuesday.
According to the press service, the sides discussed in detail "issues of further development of the Russian-Bolivian relations in various spheres."
"Special attention was focused on issues of cooperation in combating the coronavirus infection, in particular, the use of vaccines. They stressed the importance of the December 2020 agreements on supplies of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine to Bolivia and agreed to continue close cooperation in this sphere," the Kremlin said, TASS reports.
President Arce said in late 2020 that his country would purchase 5.2 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. The first batch of more than 1.7 million doses is expected to arrive in Bolivia in late March. Another batch of 1.7 million doses will be supplied in late April, and the rest - in May. According to the Bolivian leader, the Russian side is expected to supply about 6,000 doses of the vaccine in late January. These vaccines will be used to inoculate the most vulnerable categories of the population. The president also said he planned to be vaccinated with Sputnik V.