Yelena Krotkova, the First Deputy Healthcare Minister, commented on the progress in Belarusian coronavirus vaccine development
According to the official, the infection is now at a fairly low level, but the virus has not gone away. With this in view, the implementation of a roadmap to realise the President’s decree is under a strict control of the Healthcare Ministry.
By now, a prototype of the Belarusian vaccine has been developed, and ‘its effectiveness has been proven in laboratory conditions – in terms of increasing both cellular and humoral immunity’. “The absence of toxic effects has also been proven," Ms. Krotkova said, adding scientists have also worked out a method of cultivating the Belarusian vaccine in a bioreactor.
As informed by Ms. Krotkova, a pilot production batch is expected in September-October, while further preclinical tests are being prepared. Moreover, the first stage of the construction of a vaccine manufacturing plant is close to completion, and technological equipment is being purchased.
“The Belarusian vaccine will join the market in late 2023 – as planned. It will be effective against all generations of coronavirus circulating in the country,” the Deputy Healthcare Minister stated.