Population to be vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine - Georgian Health Minister

Georgia Materials 12 January 2021 17:53 (UTC +04:00)
Population to be vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine - Georgian Health Minister

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 12

By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:

The Pfizer vaccine may be the first vaccine Georgia refuses to combat the coronavirus in the near future, said Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze, Trend reports via Georgian media.

"The Pfizer vaccine could be the first vaccine we receive, followed by the AstraZeneca vaccine - the two closest we can get through the Covax platform," said the First Deputy Health Minister Tamar Gabunia.

Gabunia noted that in the long run, it will be technologically easier for Georgia to get a vaccine that needs to be kept at 2 to 8 degrees and does not need to be kept at -70 degrees of celsius, which is Pfizer. She said that taking into account this, storing AstraZeneca will be technologically simpler.

There are vaccines that require special conditions, said Dimitri Khundadze, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Health Committee, noting that at the first stage, the country has the opportunity to bring in the Pfizer vaccine, which needs to be kept in -70 degree storage conditions.

Khunadadze noted that at this stage the country has the opportunity to store this type of vaccine for about 100,000 citizens as the needed infrastructure for keeping this vaccine are in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, and Batumi only.

Khundadze noted that on January 18, countries including Georgia will submit an application to Covax, which must reflect the interest and desire to use the vaccine.

The Health Ministry says that 1.4 million vaccines are expected to be brought into the country through the Covax platform, the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility. In addition, the negotiations are underway with various countries to faster get the vaccines that European countries will have, said Gabunia.


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