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UPDATE 1-Uzbekistan to buy Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, also to produce Russian vaccine

(Adds plans on Russian vaccine)

ALMATY, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Uzbekistan plans to purchase 100,000 doses of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine and set up domestic production of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, its health ministry said on Monday.

The Central Asian nation of 34 million people is working on the Pfizer-BioNTech deal together with vaccine alliance Gavi, the ministry said in a statement.

Separately, Russia’s RIA news agency quoted the Uzbek health ministry as saying that it planned to issue a certificate for the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and set up its production in Uzbekistan. (Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Toby Chopra and Gareth Jones)

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