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20 February 2024, 17:15

Lukashenko comments on hoaxes about coronavirus vaccines

MINSK, 20 February (BelTA) – At a large meeting with the senior staff of the national security agencies in Minsk on 20 February Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko responded to fake news about a stock of coronavirus vaccines for the head of state, BelTA has learned.
“I have read this absurdity today that said that during the pandemic, some kind of vaccine stock was created for the president of Belarus,” said the head of state. “I was not vaccinated at all. I chose not to get a vaccine, and you know my position on this pandemic. Nevertheless, such a falsehood was published. It referred to some leaked conversations of some doctors discussing where to hide the vaccine. “And who are they citing? ‘Cyber partisans’ or someone else who allegedly hacked some account, website or server,” noted Aleksandr Lukashenko.
The situation is absurd. The issues related to vaccines or any medicines for the head of state are not within the remit of ordinary doctors. "What doctors will discuss medicines, vaccines for the president? The chief of the Security Service is the only person who can know this information. But this is the first time he hears about that," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

"I emphasize once again I have not been vaccinated," he added. “That doesn't mean this is the way to follow. But that's how things have been for me.”

The president stressed that various kinds of fake news and cyberattacks will continue and should not be ignored: "They will work to undermine the trust, get into people’s heads. We need to be able to react to this. We know how to do it. We are not sitting idly by. But so far our pushback has been weak," the head of state said. “We need to react to this on time, in a smart way.”

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