The authorities of Kazakhstan decided against the extra supplies of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine offered by the manufacturer as humanitarian assistance. On November 11, Chairman of the Committee for Sanitary and Epidemiological Control of the Ministry of Health Nurkan Sadvakasov commented on this decision in his interview with the Vlast information resource.
The specialist explained that this vaccine is approved for use in children aged 5-11 years. Since it is not mandatory for children in the Republic to receive vaccinations, the authorities had rejected this assistance. The humanitarian supplies of the Pfizer vaccine, which will be administered to citizens aged 12 years and over and adults, will soon reach the people, Sadvakasov noted.
The Chairman of the Committee for Sanitary and Epidemiological Control noted that other vaccines are used in the country at the current stage, in particular local QazVac and Sinofarm.
As was reported, Minister of Health Azhar Giniyat informed that Kazakhstan had rejected 1 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is approved for use in children aged 5-11 years, during the working trip to East Kazakhstan Region.