Kazakhstan begins using indigenous virus vaccine

Kazakhstan has joined the select number of countries that have produced and made available their own COVID-19 vaccine, as President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev tweeted on Friday (23 April) that the first batch of the vaccine had been despatched to several regions of the country. The counry on monday started administering its Covid-19 vaccine called QazVac.

Health Minister Alexey Tsoy received his first dose of QazVac vaccine in a local outpatient clinic in the capital Nur-Sultan on Monday. After being inoculated in a live broadcast, Tsoy said he feels good, adding they have started vaccinating the public in various parts of the country. He said that the first batch of QazVac vaccine – 50,000 doses – was delivered to different cities and regions. The minister also recalled that his country is one of the five countries in the world that has developed its own vaccine against COVID-19. The vaccine will be administered in two doses, 21 days apart. The plans are to step up production of the vaccine to reach 500-600,000 doses per month in the future. The QazVac (QazCovid-in) vaccine is a product of the Research Institute for Biological Safety, according to the prime minister’s press service.