Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced this Friday that the country has developed its own vaccine against the coronavirus, which has left around 365,000 cases and more than 2,600 deaths in the European country since the pandemic began.
“Yesterday we received our own vaccine in a laboratory tube. A Belarusian vaccine. It is different from the one we buy today. Doctors describe it as a live vaccine,” said the president of the Belarusian news agency Belta.
It was also pointed out that there is no guarantee that existing vaccines will be effective against new variants of the virus. “Today we have vaccines that work in accordance with Russian technology. Chinese vaccines have been bought. Tomorrow we will adapt our vaccine to fight the variant we are facing,” he said.
The Belarusian Ministry of Health confirmed 1,219 cases in the past 24 hours on Thursday, bringing the total to 364,951. 2,602 deaths and 355,951 cases were fixed by COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Belarus is running its vaccination campaign with the Russian company Sputnik V and the Chinese company Sinopharm.