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26 February 2021, 16:42

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Ukrainian army withdraws from Donbass those who reject vaccination with Covishield

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LUGANSK, February 26 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Ukrainian armed forces ordered withdrawal from the JFO zone of personnel who refused vaccination with the Indian Covishield vaccine due to its serious side effects, said LPR People's Militia press officer Yakov Osadchiy.

He said that "dissatisfaction with the vaccine is growing among Ukrainian armed forces members, as the vaccine has serious side effects – from the inflammation along the spinal cord to lethal reaction. The WHO does not recommend it."

In addition to that, Ukrainian command ordered inoculation of those who have already suffered the COVID-19 infection, though it is a strong contraindication, fueling rumors of vaccine trials using service members, so that the command can easily attribute their deaths to military actions.

"The command ordered to withdraw "opinion leaders" from the JFO and transfer them to their units' permanent deployment sites.

Osadchiy said that psychologists have been deployed to Donbass to persuade remaining troops of vaccine's efficacy.

 India’s subject expert committee (SEC) on Covid-19 vaccines has authorized India’s homegrown vaccine Covaxin, which is manufactured by Bharat Biotech, and Covishield, which is made from the Oxford-AstraZeneca master seed by Serum Institute of India (SII).

Covishield is made from a weakened version of a common cold virus (known as an adenovirus) from chimpanzees. When administered, it prompts immune system to start making antibodies and primes it to attack any coronavirus infection. The controversy around the vaccine is caused by the fact that there was not enough clear data to approve the half-dose, full-dose idea.

LuganskMediaCentre — 26 February — Lugansk