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22 December 2020, 11:15

Lukashenko on ‘race of vaccines': Health is becoming strictly business in the world

MINSK, 22 December (BelTA) – People's health is becoming strictly business in the world, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting to discuss the development of antiviral vaccines and localization of the production of foreign vaccines, BelTA has learned.

Almost all countries have joined the ‘race of vaccines', about 200 potential vaccines are currently in the works. Every day we hear statements about successes which are immediately followed by reports about failures, Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.

“Unfortunately, health of millions of people is turning into strictly a business issue. In addition, the countries with the necessary scientific and production capacities take into account, first of all, their needs and their political priorities in matters concerning the development and manufacture of vaccines,” the president noted. “When events take a turn for the worse, the borders are immediately closed, the export of biotechnology goods, medical products and special equipment is stopped.”

The head of state noted that the international community and international organizations have not yet been able to offer effective tools to restore justice and humanity in this matter.

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