04 March 2021,   01:03
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The plan seeks to make sure that 60% of the population are vaccinated by the end of 2021 – Giorgi Gakharia

Only those vaccines that enjoy authorization from the World Health Organization will be imported into the country, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia stated during today’s Cabinet meeting, which approved the national action plan for vaccination.

The Head of Government, in discussing the national action plan for vaccination, pointed out that all stakeholders took part in its development. The plan seeks to make sure that 60% of the population are vaccinated by the end of 2021.

“As you know, at the previous Cabinet meeting, the Health Ministry was instructed to finalize the national action plan for vaccination, to make sure that it is approved by today’s Cabinet meeting. The relevant working group was created on December 15 to bring together all stakeholders, including experts, international partners, field specialists, epidemiologists, doctors, the Public Defender, and others”, - Giorgi Gakharia said.

According to the plan, the highest-risk target groups will be vaccinated first.

“Alongside its key goal, equally important is the plan"s technical aspect, including timeframe and target groups to vaccinated in stages according to this timeframe. Allow me to emphasize that the highest-risk target groups will be vaccinated at the initial stage, meaning medical personnel, long-term care facility residents, our senior citizens aged 75 and over, and then all our citizens aged between 65 and 75”, - Giorgi Gakharia stated.

Technically, Georgia is ready to receive any authorized vaccine, the Head of Government added.

"The development of this plan is of key importance. Georgia, along with our European partners, is a member of the COVAX platform designed to supply countries with vaccines. Georgia, as early as 5-6 months ago, applied on this platform for 1.5 million vaccines in the nearest future. And we also transferred necessary financial resources. The key goal now is to make sure that our healthcare system is ready for vaccination of this magnitude in the course of one year”, - said the Head of the Government.

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