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22 February 2021, 15:41

Putin: Russia transfers coronavirus vaccine production technology to Belarus

SOCHI, 22 February (BelTA) – Russia has shared a technology to manufacture a coronavirus vaccine with Belarus, Russian President Vladimir Putin said as he met with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko in Sochi on 22 February, BelTA has learned.

According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, the production will be launched in Belarus in early March.

“As for our joint efforts to combat the coronavirus infection, we are making good progress. We delivered the first batch [of the vaccine] last year. More batches will be shipped in February and March this year. However, the most important thing, in my opinion, is that your enterprise...”, Vladimir Putin said.

The Belarusian head of state continued the phrase: “... will start manufacturing it using your technology in March.”

“Absolutely right. What is very important - the technology has already been transferred,” Vladimir Putin emphasized. He noted that there is no other country with which Russia is collaborating so closely in this matter.

“It is serious support. If not for this, it would be difficult for us to carry out the immunization program. We have already vaccinated almost all doctors and started giving shots to teachers and retail personnel - those whose jobs place them in contact with many people. This support is substantial. The most effective vaccine is the Russian one. It has been recognized all over the world. No matter what trolls and critics say, this is the most effective vaccine. Two or three people out of a hundred or even none can get sick,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

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