Head of Georgia’s National Centre for Disease Control Gamkrelidze receives Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine live on TV

  • Head of Georgia’s National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Amiran Gamkrelidze has urged people to receive coronavirus vaccines. Photo: NCDC press office. 

Agenda.ge, 4 May 2021 - 11:20, Tbilisi,Georgia

Head of Georgia’s National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Amiran Gamkrelidze has received the Chinese Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine live on TV earlier today. 

Georgia received 100,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, which is an inactivated vaccine, earlier in April. 

The vaccine has around a 78% efficacy rate and is likely to be approved by the World Health Organisation by the end of this week. 

Gamkrelidze stated that ‘it is symbolic I was the first who received the vaccine in Georgia,’ adding that that the vaccine has already been used in 45 foreign states. 

Starting today individuals will be able to receive the vaccine in 30 medical facilities around the country, while 44 other medical facilities will be added to the list starting tomorrow. 

Gamkrelidze stated that the country will receive 43,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine on May 6 for individuals who have already received their first doses of the vaccine. 

He stated that 25,461 individuals have already received their first doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, while 10,000 others are still on the list to receive their first dose.

Gamkrelidze has also stated that preliminary works for Covid-passports have already been completed and the NCDC will present the concept to the country’s Health Ministry this week. 

Georgia has received Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines so far. 

The country is expecting one million doses of Pfizer vaccines in the summer. 

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