Belarus plans to purchase and manufacture domestically Russia’s single-dose Sputnik Light coronavirus vaccine. Plans are also in store to launch the full production cycle of the Sputnik V vaccine this coming fall, Belarusian Health Minister Dmitry Pinevich said in an interview the SB Belarus Segodnya newspaper published on Thursday, APA reports citing TASS.
"I believe that we will not only purchase that vaccine [Sputnik Light], but we will also be able to manufacture it. We need to read the papers thoroughly, but, as far as I understand, it requires a single shot and is allowed for use for people aged between 18 and 40. However, this is not a matter for tomorrow. The drug will enter civil circulation only in 2022," he said.
According to the minister, the full production cycle of the Sputnik V vaccine will be launched at the Belmedpreparaty pharmaceutical enterprise in October. "Our Russian counterparts will only provide the technology, while all components will be Belarusian. We plan to start on October 1," he explained.