Kyrgyzstan to start COVID-19 vaccination in March

Kyrgyzstan to start COVID-19 vaccination in March

BISHKEK: About 504,000 doses of UK-made COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca will arrive in Kyrgyzstan at the end of February, Minister of Health and Social Development Alymkadyr Beishenaliyev said on the air of Birinchi Radio of the Public TV and Radio Broadcasting Corporation.

According to him, in order to return to normal life, it is necessary to vaccinate at least 78 per cent of the population, Kabar news agency reported.

“At the beginning of the year we were offered a Pfizer vaccine, but we rejected it because the cold chain requirement was -70 degrees. “In order to buy these refrigerators, we would have needed a very large sum of money. Subsequently, during negotiations with COVAX, we were offered a vaccine developed by the University of Oxford. Yesterday I met with the British Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan. 504,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines produced in Britain will arrive in Kyrgyzstan at the end of February,” the minister said.

He believes that vaccination will begin in March, and medics, teachers, border guards, and persons who directly work with a large number of people will be vaccinated first.

“Talks are also under way with Russia, now we have ordered 500,000 doses of Sputnik vaccine. The Foreign Ministry is also negotiating with China for vaccine supplies. 

“All of these vaccines are provided on a humanitarian basis. During the first-second quarter of this year, COVAX will supply Kyrgyzstan with 1.2 million doses,” Beishenaliyev informed.