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27 November 2020, 14:00

Lukashenko: Belarus should produce its own coronavirus vaccine

An archive photo
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MINSK, 27 November (BelTA) – Belarus should learn to produce its own coronavirus vaccine, President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with the staff of Minsk City Hospital No. 6 on 27 November, BelTA has learned.

The head of state recalled that the Russian authorities suggested giving Belarus a strain of the vaccine that can be produced in the country. The Russian business community wanted to pitch it and provide financing. “However, I believe that a state-owned company should do this. Our enterprises are able to produce this vaccine. There is a possibility that this infection will stay here forever and we will have to get vaccinated against it like against flu. Therefore, we need to produce this vaccine,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The president emphasized that Belarus will find an opportunity to start producing a vaccine at the Belmedpreparaty pharmaceutical company.

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