Authorities negotiate to buy more Sputnik V vaccines

The Moldovan authorities are in talks with Russia to procure additional supplies of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccines, announced Health Minister Ala Nemerenco as she took questions today in Parliament.

Com-Soc lawmaker Bogdan Țîrdea said that many Moldovans, including health care workers, wish to get vaccinated with Sputnik V and nothing else. But, says Țîrdea, it’s in short supply.

The minister said in response that the current policy is to offer access to as many brands of vaccines as possible so that people are encouraged to get vaccinated against Covid.

“We are in negotiations with the Russian Investment Fund to purchase the vaccine. This is something that, with all due respect, you failed to do before, when you were just talking. I will inform you personally about the result of these negotiations”, Nemerenco told Țîrdea.

Nemerenco reiterated that the vaccination is needed to achieve collective immunity and stop the pandemic. She admitted that immunized people also catch the disease, but they develop less serious forms.

She added that people must take at least part of the blame for the complicated situation in the health care system, with many patients asking for help at the last moment, when they can no longer breathe on their own.

Since the vaccination campaign started in March, 1,467,572 doses of vaccine have been administered; 25% Moldovans received at least one dose and 24% two doses.

90% of health care workers are fully vaccinated, which, according to the Ministry of Health, has reduced morbidity among them by 85%.

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