Belarus will launch industrial production of Sputnik V, a Russian vaccine against coronavirus on March 30-31. A pilot batch is being examined by experts in Russia, Belarusian Deputy Health Minister Dmitry Cherednichenko said, TASS reports.
"The first batch, the so-called validation batch of 15,000 ampoules, was manufactured on February 26. Now it is being examined at the Russian Gamaleya Institute for sustainability, efficacy, etc. We will begin to manufacture the vaccine from March 30-31. It is planned to make 500,000 doses a month," he said.
According to Cherednichenko, the key goal is to satisfy the domestic demand.
"First of all, we need to vaccinate the entire population of our country. When we have a possibility for exporting the vaccine, we will supply it abroad. It is envisaged by the contract," he added.
Meanwhile, the Russian Sputnik V vaccine will not be registered in Ukraine under any circumstances. It was stated by Health Minister Maksym Stepanov during an hour of questions to the government held in the Verkhovna Rada on March 5.
"The Russian Sputnik V vaccine will not be registered under any circumstances," the minister said.
Responding to a comment that the Russian vaccine was registered in a number of EU countries, Stepanov noted that Russia had not "occupied part of the territory" of those countries.