Kazakhstan launches Sputnik V vaccination campaign
- 01 February 2021
A coronavirus vaccination campaign will kick off in Kazakhstan on Monday. At first, the country will use the Sputnik V vaccine made in Russia and will shift to the domestically produced Sputnik V vaccine in mid-February, APA reports citing TASS.
The production of the Sputnik V vaccine began in the Kazakh city of Karaganda in late December. According to the country’s Health Minister Marat Shoranov, two mln doses of the vaccine will be produced in Karaganda by July.
At the first stage of the vaccination campaign, health workers, teachers, police officers and people with chronic diseases will get vaccine shots. Vaccination will be voluntary and free for all of the country’s citizens. A mass vaccination campaign will begin in April or May. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan’s QazCovid-In vaccine is going through the third phase of clinical trials.
The Kazakh authorities expect that the vaccination will help improve the coronavirus situation in the country, which deteriorated over the past two months.