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Russia to deliver new batches of COVID-19 vaccine to Belarus in February, March - Putin

The Russian leader noted that the joint work of the two countries on fighting the coronavirus infection "is indeed developing successfully"

SOCHI, February 22. /TASS/. Russia has delivered to Belarus production technologies for a vaccine against the coronavirus while new batches of the preparation will be supplied to Minsk as early as February and March, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko on Monday.

The Russian leader noted that the joint work of the two countries on fighting the coronavirus infection "is indeed developing successfully." "We delivered the first batch [of a coronavirus vaccine] last year, next deliveries will be this year in February and March," Putin said.

He added that Russia also supplied Minsk with technologies for the preparation’s production, noting that Russia doesn’t work "as closely with anybody else." Lukashenko responded that this is serious support for Belarus which helps out a lot with inoculation.

The Russian president noted that the result of the vaccination against the coronavirus right now is "on the whole satisfactory." "Per 100,000 residents, and this is the most objective indicator, until recently we had 12 infections [in 24 hours] and now, I think, it is much less, somewhere around 10," he explained. Lukashenko responded that the Russian vaccine against the coronavirus is the most effective one which is recognized worldwide. "This is true," Putin said, adding that even if an individual gets infected with the coronavirus after the vaccination, the disease takes on a mild form.

The Russian leader again noted the incidence indicators of the coronavirus in Russia. "We have about ten infections per 100,000 of the population. In southern France, this figure is more than 70," he pointed out. According to him, "this is a serious indicator."

"Still, these are the objective data that suggest that we should unite efforts, including with European colleagues," Putin asserted. He stressed that Russia is seeking to do this and is open for joint work in this sphere. "Our Gamaleya Center has an agreement with AstraZeneca. I am pleased to note that we will also unite efforts with European partners now, will work together. And, naturally, with Belarus," he concluded.