Kazakh COVID-19 vaccine creator tests it on himself

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The head of the laboratory of especially dangerous infectious diseases of the Scientific Research Institute of Biosafety Problems, Doctor of Veterinary Sciences, the developer of the Kazakh vaccine against coronavirus Lespek Kutumbetov was the first to test the vaccine on himself, Kazinform reported on August 14.

He talked about his health. “I and six of my colleagues were vaccinated with our vaccine. After that, there were no special pathologies at the injection site. Our general condition is normal. It’s been over two weeks now. Thermometry is carried out daily. We are being watched. We measure the pressure. We take blood samples for testing for the presence of immunity. We can say that the vaccine is harmless. None of the employees had any pathologies. We already have protective antibodies in the body, in the blood. I think everything is fine,” Kutumbetov said.

According to him, if antiviral antibodies have appeared in the body that neutralise the virus, then a person should not get sick. “In my practice, I have never seen people or animals with antibodies get sick again,” Kutumbetov said.

Kazakhstan is not negotiating the purchase of a Russian vaccine against COVID-19. Even if the republic buys vaccines, it will be only those that have passed international certification. Earlier, the official representative of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bagdat Kozhakhmetov said.

At the same time, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on the registration of the world’s first vaccine against COVID-19. The President said that in the second half of August a government delegation will go to Moscow to discuss the procurement of the Russian vaccine.

It is known that since September of this year, the Scientific Research Institute for Biological Safety Problems will conduct clinical trials of the Kazakh vaccine on 244 volunteers.

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