Kyrgyzstan approves Sputnik V vaccine
BISHKEK/MOSCOW. Feb 23 (Interfax) - Kyrgyzstan has approved the use of Russia's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, the press service for the county's Health and Social Development Ministry said on Tuesday.
"The department of pharmaceuticals and medical products at the Kyrgyz Health and Social Development Ministry has issued a permit for the Gam-COVID-Vac (Sputnik V) combined vector vaccine for the prevention of the coronavirus diseases caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus," the ministry said.
The approval of the vaccine in Kyrgyzstan will enable vaccinating the population to prevent the coronavirus disease spread soon, it said.
Kyrgyz Health Minister Alymkadyr Beishenaliyev said at a briefing on January 22 that the vaccination from Covid-19 in the country will be voluntary.
"Medics will be the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine, then at-risk groups and vulnerable segments of the population. At the third stage, vaccination of all those wishing will be reformed at the expense of the state and donors voluntarily," Beishenaliyev said.
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) also announced the approval of the Sputnik V vaccine in Kyrgyzstan later on Tuesday.
"Kyrgyzstan is the fourth nation in Central Asia to register Sputnik V. The vaccine will make an important contribution in promoting health safety for the people and preventing the spread of coronavirus," RDIF quoted its CEO Kirill Dmitriev as saying on Tuesday.
Kyrgyzstan has become the 32nd country in the world to register Sputnik V, which is now one of the world's top three coronavirus vaccines in terms of the number of approvals issued by government regulators.
Sputnik V had been approved earlier in Russia, Belarus, Argentina, Bolivia, Serbia, Algeria, Palestine, Venezuela, Paraguay, Turkmenistan, Hungary, UAE, Iran, Republic of Guinea, Tunisia, Armenia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Republika Srpska (entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina), Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Mongolia, Bahrain, Montenegro, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Gabon, San Marino and Ghana.