Georgia buys $ 4 million COVID-vaccine

Georgia buys $ 4 million COVID-vaccine
Georgia buys $ 4 million COVID-vaccine

Georgia has already purchased a $ 4 million worth of vaccine, which is expected to be available in the spring of 2021. A total of $ 17 million worth of vaccines is needed to cover 20% of Georgia's population.

The Galt & Taggart review of the health sector reveals the information.

The document does not specify what type, which country vaccine was selected by the Georgian government.

For reference, the government has mobilized 18 million for the COVID vaccine.

A week ago, the head of the Center for Disease Control, Amiran Gamkrelidze, said that the government was actively working to introduce a vaccine approved by the regulator in January-February. To get public immunity, up to 60% of the population needs to be vaccinated.

According to Galt & Taggart Health Sector overview, the COVAX platform is designed to provide fair and fast access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide, including Georgia.

Health experts say vaccine distribution is a significant challenge because the world has never seen the vaccination of such a scale.

"Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires storage at very low temperatures, which makes distribution even more difficult, although Moderna, AstraZeneca, and J&J vaccines have simpler storage requirements," the health sector said in a study.

Health professionals are confident that the vaccines will be available only to a narrow target group by the end of 2020 and will reach full productivity by 2021.

"Candidates for Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna COVID vaccine were more than 90% effective in phase 3 trials in November 2020. This result is well above the expected 60-70%, which is sufficient to elicit group immunity. It should be noted that AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine has shown 70% efficacy, and Johnson & Johnson results will be published soon. Safety studies are not yet complete, but positive results are expected," the study said.

Vaccine types, efficacy, and doses per person, as well as other parameters, are shown in the graphic image.

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