"Azerbaijan has allocated almost $ 2.5 billion from the state budget to fight the pandemic, as well as to help the affected citizens," said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in a video format at the CIS summit.
He said Azerbaijan was one of the first to join the international initiative COVAX.
"We have also developed a strategy. It involves multi-platform. No matter the technologies used, the main criteria for us are the scientific justification and the safety of these vaccines. The vaccination program is scheduled to start early next year. It will be voluntary and free," Aliyev said.