Kazakhstan reveals how much it spent on the fight against COVID

The country’s health ministry has announced the amount of costs over the two years of the pandemic

According to Ms. Azhar Giniyat, health minister in Kazakhstan, the country spent about $2 billion over 2020-2021.

In 2020, the government allocated $586 million for the fight against COVID. About $458 million was spent on additional payments to health workers, and $65 million was spent on acquiring drugs and personal protective equipment. Those medical workers who helped people during the pandemic received $46.5 million in payments in total. An additional $11.6 million was spent on ventilators.

In 2021, Kazakhstan allocated about $1.3 billion in an effort to stop the COVID from spreading. The largest part of this money, $961.2 million, was paid to health workers directly; $225.7 million was allocated for vaccines, syringes and diagnosis of COVID-19. About $93.1 million more was transferred to hospitals to reimburse their costs.

In 2022, the country’s government allocated $200 million for that purpose: $46.5 million was spent to purchase Pfizer’s vaccines while for VeroCell and QazVac the government paid about $20.9 million.

Also, Giniyat said that Kazakhstan doesn’t plan to impose a new lockdown or require people to wear face masks.

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