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17 June 2021, 15:03

Opinion: Own vaccine means as much for Belarus as Gagarin's journey to space

Dmitry Shevtsov. An archive photo
Dmitry Shevtsov. An archive photo

MINSK, 17 June (BelTA) – The development of Belarus' own vaccine will become a real breakthrough for domestic medicine, Head Physician of Minsk City Hospital No. 1, Chairman of the Belarusian Association of Doctors Dmitry Shevtsov told BelTA.

“By the end of the year, Belarus is set to develop its own vaccine. For Belarus, it will be tantamount to Gagarin's flight into space. After all, the best Belarusian specialists, including those of related fields of expertise, will be involved in the project,” the head physician said.

“Belarus is carrying on despite the sanctions. We stand united, we are moving in the right direction to maintain peace and calm in our country,” Dmitry Shevtsov noted.

According to him, healthcare has always been high on the agenda for the Belarusian government. “We saw it particularly well when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. The government helped in many ways. Healthcare professionals received moral and financial support,” Dmitry Shevtsov said.

“We see how many health facilities Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko visited during this difficult period, how many people he met. He never hesitated to help whenever needed. Almost every Minsk polyclinic has CT scanners, thousands of lives have been saved thanks to them, since a timely diagnosis is of critical importance,” the doctor said.

According to Dmitry Shevtsov, every week conference calls are held in Minsk and the regions where senior officials of the country's central and regional governments discuss and resolve emerging issues.

The head physician noted that in addition to COVID, there are other diseases that require just as much attention from health workers. “Indeed, health professionals work in difficult conditions. They understand that it is their duty. The state, in turn, supports them,” Dmitry Shevtsov said.

The head physician added that the vaccination of medical workers has gained momentum. “The third wave was not so intense because of the vaccine,” the chairman of the Belarusian Association of Doctors concluded.

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