NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The mass vaccination against coronavirus infections began on Monday in Kazakhstan, the NE correspondent reported on February 1.
Deputy Minister of Health – Chief Physician of Kazakhstan Yerlan Kiyasov and Vice Minister of Health Azhar Giniyat were the first to receive the Russian Sputnik V vaccine on Monday.
Kazakhstan received the first 22,000 doses of the Russian vaccine the day before. The vaccine will be made available to doctors in hospitals with major infectious diseases and Covid centers in the first phase of vaccination. In the second phase – for teachers in schools and universities.
From February 15 this year, vaccination will begin with the Sputnik V, which is manufactured in Kazakhstan at the Karaganda plant, 200 kilometers from Nur-Sultan.
Around 100,000 Kazakh doctors will receive the vaccine in February.
“From April this year, vaccination with the domestic vaccine QazCovid is planned from 75,000 doses to 500,000 doses per month,” said Kiyasov.
The Pfizer vaccine could be available for Kazakhstan from the second half of the year, according to the deputy minister.
However, there are objective barriers to obtaining the American vaccine: extreme storage conditions and a shortage of vaccines on the market, Kiyasov explained.
“Pfizer may be available for Kazakhstan in the second half of the year. We have a preliminary agreement. A memorandum has been signed with the company. More detailed topics are in the discussion phase, ”said Kiyasov.
In Kazakhstan, vaccination against COVID-19 will continue with coverage of up to 6 million people through the end of 2021.
According to official figures, 16 cases of pneumonia with signs of coronavirus infection were recorded last day, 1 death and 157 people recovered. In total, the following cases have been recorded since August 1: cases – 47,874, deaths – 570, recovered – 35,900.