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Georgia refuses from Chinese vaccine earlier purchased by Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Georgia has received confirmation from COVAX about supplies of Pfizer for medical employees
15:36, 14 January 2021

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The Health Ministry of Georgia does not consider categorically the purchase of the vaccine against Covid-19 produced by the Chinese Sinovac Company, as DS reported citing Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze.

“Concerning the vaccines, we talk about Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines. The Chinese vaccine does not have enough information and reliability for this period; that is why the Health Ministry does not consider categorically the implementation of the Chinese vaccine,” Tikaradze explained.

She noted that Georgia has received confirmation from COVAX about supplies of Pfizer for medical employees. According to Tikaradze, intensive preparation for the vaccination is being held.

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Earlier, Lekhim concluded the contract with Chinese company Sinovac Biotech on the supply of five million doses of its vaccine to Ukraine.

However, the efficacy of the vaccine against coronavirus produced by the Chinese Sinovac Company has proved to be lower than it is mentioned in the purchase contract. The efficacy of the vaccine makes only 50.38%; while in the purchase contract concluded between the company and the Health Ministry, it is noted that the efficiency of the vaccine should make not less than 70%.

Health Minister Maksym Stepanov stated that Ukraine would refuse the supply of this vaccine if its efficacy remains less than 70% at the moment of supply. In such a case, the company should reimburse the funds allocated from the state budget.

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