On February 1, Facebook user Givi Chachanidze published a post which, as he claims, cites “qualified Georgian doctor” and states that vaccines “rejected” in Israel are brought to Georgia. Particularly, vaccines in question are the ones that have adverse effects. The author of the text doesn’t name the qualified doctor and calls for Georgians to be cautious. As of 12:00 February 9, the post has 337 shares.
Disseminated information alleging that rejected vaccines from Israel are brought to Georgia is false. Georgia is a member of the Covax platform and will only receive vaccines approved by the World Health Organization. Initially, company Pfizer’s vaccine is planned to be brought, which is also approved in Israel, where a major vaccination roll-out is underway.
- Which vaccine is planned to be brought to Georgia and which one is used in Israel?
On January 30, it was announced that the 29 250 doses of COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer/BioNTech will be brought to Georgia at the end of February. Prime-minister Giorgi Gakharia and deputy Health Minister Tamar Gabunia made statements regarding the issue. According to Amiran Gamkrelidze, the director of the Center for Disease Control, delivering the AstraZeneca vaccine in March is also under contemplation.
Georgia is a member of the World Health Organization’s Covax platform for vaccine accessibility and the vaccines on this platform, hence approved by the WHO, will be brought to the country. According to Amiran Gamkrelidze, Georgia can decide which vaccine on the Covax platform will be brought to the country.
As for Israel, major vaccination roll-out is underway initially using Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which means that the Israeli Health Ministry has already received the vaccine and has not "rejected" it. Israel has also approved Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and reached an agreement with AstraZeneca, Vaccines by those companies is planned to arrive in the country in the first half of 2021.
As of now, 61,3% of the population has received a vaccine in Israel becoming the leading state in the world.
According to the Israeli Health Ministry, under 0.3% of the vaccinated population had adverse effects, however, it wasn't unexpected and those adverse effects were already identified and contemplated in the clinical trials prior to vaccine approval, majority soon faded.
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