"We are forced to agree to unfavorable conditions" - Tokayev criticized progress of vaccination in Kazakhstan

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President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, during a meeting on measures to counter coronavirus infection, noted that Kazakhstan is significantly behind the leading countries in terms of immunization rates, reports citing the press service of the Head of State.

"Success in combating the pandemic is becoming one of the key elements of country competitiveness. It is extremely important not to remain on the sidelines of the global recovery growth, not to fall into the category of outsider countries," Tokayev said.

The President noted that Kazakhstan lags far behind the leading states in terms of immunization rates.

"To date, only about 47 thousand people have completed the course of immunization (with the first component - 137 346 people). The reason for this situation is simple - the lack of vaccines. The government has assured that the agreements on Sputnik V and production of domestic vaccines will fully meet the country's needs. Based on this information, I announced a mass vaccination starting February 1. But two months later, less than 0.2 percent of the population was vaccinated! Now I have to negotiate with the heads of other states on additional vaccine supplies. We are forced to agree to unfavorable commercial and financial conditions to accelerate supplies," said the Head of State.

Tokayev also emphasized that coronavirus vaccines have high temperature sensitivity. All aspects of their transportation, storage, and vaccination itself should be clearly worked out.

"Given the repeated outbreaks of coronavirus in labor collectives, a separate front of work is the active immunization of workers of enterprises, especially systemic and city-forming ones. The delay in vaccination is not an abstract problem. We are talking about the national security of the country. This is an additional morbidity and mortality of our citizens. These are the losses of business income, lost taxes to the budget, a general decline in national wealth," the President added.
Ekaterina Eliseyeva
16:19, 1 April 2021