Tamar Gabunia, the Deputy Minister of Health, says that the rumors that the delay in the introduction of the coronavirus vaccine in Georgia is due to the lack of readiness of the country are not valid.
According to Gabunia, there was no delay from the Georgian side towards "Pfizer." She said the vaccine could not be imported into the country because, during intermediate communication, additional requirements arose from Pfizer regarding financial reinsurance of liability.
"In the case of AstraZeneca, the country has gone through the stage of a liability insurance contract. The readiness of the regulator that "AstraZeneca" imported into the country will be registered was also expressed. The same steps are to be taken with Pfizer. While we were expecting the Pfizer vaccine to enter the country in mid-February, after intermediate communications, Covax informed us that Pfizer had additional requirements. It has nothing to do with the country's technical readiness to receive the vaccine and is related to the financial reinsurance of liability, the details of which Covax could not provide in a letter dated February 23," Tamar Gabunia said.
She said the conditions should be clarified by telephone consultation over the next week. According to Gabunia, they are still expecting the exact date of the phone call from "Pfizer" and Covax.