"Applying vaccines is such a process that it would not be right to expect it to make a big difference in a very short time. Firstly, it should be taken into account that for emerging of herd immunity, immunity should be formed in at least 60-70 percent of the population. On the other hand, as you know, currently, we are witnessing a very serious fight in the world regarding vaccines. Steps taken by big and more powerful states cause emerge of a vaccine shortage. Some interests create factors that impede the fair distribution of the vaccine," member of the Health Committee of the Milli Majlis, the head of the Department for International Relations of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, MP Soltan Mammadov said in an interview with APA.
"Mr. President has noted at one of his performances that some countries receive one or two times more vaccines than their needs, this may lead to a vaccine shortage. In such complicate situation, it is not so easy and simple to bring vaccines to the country. On the other hand, unfortunately, in some cases, some steps are taken aimed at casting doubt on the effectiveness and necessity of vaccinations, that rumors are spread that this affects anyhow to people’s thoughts and approaches. But, no one should forget the important detail that the only way of getting rid of the pandemic is medicine. It means that this subject is the number one problem of world health at present, attention of all high-level health institutes, research institutions, experienced professionals has been attracted to the COVID-19 virus.
That is why, professional specialists, power of science should be believed, rumors, subjective opinions should not. I have noted this issue several times, I would want to emphasize once more that different contagious diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, poliomyelitis caused mass deaths among the population earlier. However, Azerbaijan is among countries, which are free from poliomyelitis, as a result of the application of vaccines, their timely conduction is relevant to the calendar," said Mr. Mammadov.
Member of the Health Committee of Parliament emphasized that diphtheria, rubella, mumps, and measles are almost not registered in our country. "This once again confirms that the use of vaccines is the most effective way to protect against infectious diseases. I think that as a result of the steps taken by our state, we will be able to successfully pass this test. However, it is very important for our citizens to approach the issue seriously, responsibly, attentively, and show solidarity. In my opinion, the citizens of Azerbaijan are aware of how dangerous the disease is and that the restrictions imposed are coercive. In this regard, I believe that we can get rid of the COVID-19 virus by demonstrating unity and solidarity."