Today, on 4 May, Amiran Gamkrelidze, director of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, was vaccinated with the Chinese-made vaccine Sinopharm.
“It is symbolic that today, for the first time, I get vaccinated with a new vaccine. It is the third vaccine to be introduced in the country. The vaccination process started in the country on March 15, we started with AstraZeneca, then took on Pfizer. Vaccination with the Chinese-made vaccine Sinopharm, which is a well-tested vaccine, also started today. Vaccination with this vaccine is underway in 45 countries. It is made of ‘traditional’ technology, to which you are all accustomed. Many of you have been vaccinated with this technology during your childhood. It is a vaccine based on the inactivated virus, of which 200 million doses have already been administered in China and around the world. We received 100,000 doses of Sinopharm in April and vaccinations start today,” stated Gamkrelidze.
Vaccination with the Chinese vaccine Sinopharm starts in Georgia from today, May 4.
According to the National Center for Disease Control, 30 facilities and 33 vaccine brigades will take part in the immunization process today, and from May 5, another 44 medical facilities will be involved in the process.
At present, all three vaccines (AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Sinopharm) are being administered nationwide in 91 facilities with 137 brigades. Georgia has 100,000 doses of Sinopharm at its disposal.
By Ketevan Skhirtladze