Russian vaccine against coronavirus used in Belarus

Vaccination against coronavirus infection. Moscow, December 2020 Photo: Mikhail Metzel / TASS / Forum

The ministries of health of Belarus and Russia have announced the start of vaccination campaign in Belarus. The first batch of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine has arrived in Belarus, BelTA informs.

Health Minister Dzmitry Pinevich noted that immunization remains an essential component in the fight against COVID-19.

According to him, teachers and instructors, as well as those representatives of professions who have to communicate a lot with people at work will be the first to receive vaccinations will be doctors. Vaccinations will be voluntary.

The minister said that Belarus has a vaccine storage system and special medical freezing equipment that allows transporting the vaccine.

Kiryl Dzmitryieu, Director General of the Belarusian Direct Investment Fund, said that Belarus was the first foreign state to officially register the vaccine: “Today Belarus has also become the first country to begin widespread vaccination of the population with Sputnik V.”