The President noted that Belarus was on the path to Russia as regards the development of the covid vaccine.
Belarus will have its own vaccine against the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by the autumn. Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said this on Monday when he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the southern Russian mountain resort of Krasnaya Polan.
He said that with regard to the development of the covid vaccine, Belarus has embarked on a journey through Russia, which has “already registered three vaccines”.
“We are also going this route. We will have our own vaccine in the autumn,” Lukashenko added, according to the Interfax agency. According to him, Belarus is still “actively buying the vaccine from Russia”.
He added that the development of the vaccine in Russia “indicates that Russian science is at its highest level”.
“The most effective vaccine is Russian. It is recognized all over the world, no matter how someone trolls it on. This is the most effective vaccine,” Lukashenko stressed.
He added that in terms of morbidity, the epidemic in Belarus is copying the situation in Russia. “Fortunately, the infectivity has started to decline sharply, so we will approach zero in the fall or summer,” Lukashenko said.
TASS recalled that the vaccination of volunteers with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine started in Belarus as part of post-registration studies on 1 October 2020.
Belarus thus became the first country after Russia to officially register the vaccine.
At the end of December 2020, vaccination of at-risk groups began in Belarus – primarily doctors. The mass vaccination against covid will start there in March. It is planned to vaccinate more than 5.5 million people, with vaccination being voluntary.
At the beginning of the meeting with Lukashenko, Putin expressed the joy of the personal meeting, as “in the current conditions, it is already a great rarity and a significant value.” He also expressed the hope that after the negotiations he would increase their time to ski together in the mountain resort of Krasnaya Poľana, about 60 kilometers from the seaside resort of Sochi, the Interfax agency informed.
According to Putin, the tools of interaction between Russia and Belarus are in a good mood and work. He noted that the Russian Federation remains Belarus’s largest trade and economic partner and investor.
Putin recalled that both countries are implementing large projects in the energy sector, mentioning the Belarusian nuclear power plant built near the town of Astravec.
Lithuania considers this first Belarusian nuclear power plant to be a threat to its national security, public health and the environment. The concerns of Lithuania and several other EU Member States have been heightened by a series of incidents during the construction of the Astravec nuclear power plant.
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