Spread of Omicron strain: WHO can accelerate registration of Kazakhstani vaccines against COVID-19

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The Minister of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan Aleksey Tsoi appealed to the head of the World Health Organization with a request to accelerate the registration of Kazakhstani vaccines, reports.

As the minister said on his Facebook page, the meeting with WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus took place within the framework of the official visit of the Head of State to Switzerland.

"They talked about two Kazakhstani vaccines developed against COVID-19. These are the inactivated QazCovid-in (or QazVac) vaccine and the QazCoVac-P subunit vaccine. The QazVac vaccine received temporary registration in Kazakhstan for a period of 18 months. QazVac is the only vaccine developed in Muslim countries, and has a halal certificate provided by the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Kazakhstan. They asked the head of the WHO to provide support in accelerating the registration process for Kazakhstani vaccines," Tsoi said on his page.

Tsoi recalled that in June of this year, the second Kazakhstani vaccine against COVID-19, the QaCoVac-P subunit vaccine, was included in the WHO list of candidate vaccines in the clinical trials phase.

According to Tsoi, during the meeting, the parties discussed approaches to countering the new omicron coronavirus strain, which has already been detected in ten countries. According to preliminary data, it is highly contagious and resistant to protective antibodies.

The Minister of Health proposes to combine two important terms of the health sector, primary health care (PHC) and universal health coverage (UHC), and continue to promote the idea at the UN level ahead of the High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage during the UN General Assembly in 2023.

As the parties noted, during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery from it, PHC is becoming even more important for strengthening the capacity of national health systems.

Adil Saptaev
12:20,30 November 2021

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