Belarusian Ministry of Health clears Russian vaccine against CoviVac coronavirus – society & culture

MINSK, December 16. / TASS /. The Belarusian Ministry of Health has given the green light for the import and use of the Russian vaccine against the CoviVac coronavirus, the agency said in a statement on Thursday.

“The Belarusian Ministry of Health has authorized the import and use of the vaccine against the coronavirus CoviVac on the basis of article 27 of the Belarusian law on the distribution of medicines adopted on July 20, 2006. CoviVac is an inactivated vaccine , a whole virion, concentrated and purified designed to prevent epidemic diseases and deal with their consequences, “the statement said.

The ministry added that the vaccine was delivered to a pharmacy warehouse on December 6, and more than 300,000 doses had been shipped to all parts of the country from December 13 to 15.

The Ministry of Health stressed that the documents provided by the manufacturer had been examined as part of an expert’s report. “They comply with all the requirements listed in Belarusian laws and have been positively assessed,” the statement added.

Belarus was the second country after Russia to approve another Russian vaccine against the coronavirus, Sputnik V. Post-registration trials involving volunteers began in the country on October 1, 2020. The two countries then started joint production vaccines. In July, Belarus approved another Russian coup, Sputnik Light. The country is also using the Vero Cell vaccine developed by Chinese company Sinopharm for inoculation. Belarus’ health ministry plans to vaccinate half of the country’s population by the end of the year.

CoviVac, an inactivated whole virion vaccine developed by the Chumakov Federal Science Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences for Research and Development of Immune and Biologics, was registered with the Russian Ministry of Health on February 19. Whole virion vaccines either use artificially weakened viruses. that cannot cause disease or inactivated viruses.

Maria J. Book