One more coronavirus-linked death was officially confirmed in Tajikistan yesterday, bringing a total number of the coronavirus-linked deaths that have been officially registered in the country since June 21, 2021 to thirty.

Thus, a total number of the officially confirmed coronavirus-linked deaths in Tajikistan has reached 120 since April 30, 2020, when the infection index cases were officially confirmed in Dushanbe and Khujand.

Meanwhile, 84 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been officially confirmed in Tajikistan as of the evening of July 28, bringing a total number of COVID-19 cases officially reported in the country since June 21 to 1,537.

The total number of the officially confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in Tajikistan has reached 14,845 since April 30, 2020, when its index cases were confirmed in the country.  

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population (MoHSPP) says sixty-eight COVID-19 patients recovered in the country yesterday, bringing a total number of those who have been cured in Tajikistan since April 30, 2020 to 14,313.

Meanwhile, according to unofficial data, the number of affected persons and deaths is in the thousands, because there are more infections, and the disease has become more severe. 

The COVID-19 pandemic in Tajikistan is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).  The virus was confirmed to have spread to Tajikistan when its index cases, in Dushanbe and Khujand, were confirmed on 30 April 2020.

2 million doses of the CoronaVac vaccine were delivered to Tajikistan yesterday.  The vaccine doses reportedly represent humanitarian assistance from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to the Government and the people of the Republic of Tajikistan.

The Chinese vaccine CoronaVac is used for mass COVID-19 vaccination in Dushanbe

Recall, China airlifted 300,000 doses of Coronavirus, also known as the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, to Dushanbe in the evening of June 20.  The vaccine was delivered to Tajikistan by a special charter flight organized by the Tajikistan-China Mining Company.  

The Beijing-based biopharmaceutical company Sinovac is behind the CoronaVac vaccine.

So far, Sinovac's CoronaVac jab has only been fully authorized for use by China.  But Beijing is also offering its vaccines around the world and has already shipped millions of doses to a number of countries.

In Asia, the biggest takers are Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Pakistan, while in the Americas, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador have also ordered millions of shot.

In Europe, Turkey and Ukraine have signed large contracts for CoronaVac.

Some media reports say the vaccine is thought to be particularly important for African countries where so far Zimbabwe, Somalia, Djibouti, Benin and Tunisia have received vaccines from China.

On June 1, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) validated the vaccine for emergency use by which time over 430 million doses of CoronaVac had already been administered globally.

According to the U.N. health agency, CoronaVac was found to be 51% effective at preventing COVID-19 in late-stage trials, and researchers say it will be key to curbing the pandemic.  This overall protection is lower than that provided by the seven other vaccines already listed by the WHO.  But, importantly, trials suggest that CoronaVac is 100% effective at preventing severe disease and death.