Ukraine has signed an agreement with the American pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer for the supply of 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
""Today is a very important day for Ukraine and for Ukrainians—today we have finally signed an important contract with Pfizer for the supply of 10 million doses of Pfizer vaccine. It was really difficult to do, but thanks to a conversation with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla—I had a conversation with him on February 8—he promised to do everything possible and impossible. And he did it," Zelenskyy’s press service cites his words.
He added that cooperation with American pharmaceutical companies would continue and expand.
It is noted that the Head of the Office of the President Andriy Yermak was directly involved in the negotiation process on the supply of the drug to Ukraine on behalf of the Head of state.
The Head of the Ministry of Health, Maksym Stepanov, said that all these vaccines should be received within 2021.
"Pfizer vaccine will be in Ukraine! Now I can speak openly about the negotiations that lasted several months. Today, Pfizer has finally signed a framework agreement for the supply of 10 million doses of vaccines to Ukraine. We expect the first deliveries under this contract to start being shipped in the coming months. And all 10 million doses will be delivered during 2021," the Ministry of Health reports Stepanov in Telegram.
Context. Zelensyy spoke by phone with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla on February 8, 2021. During the conversation, the latter promised to do everything possible so that Ukraine received the first batches of vaccine under the contract as soon as possible.
On February 23, 2021, Chief Sanitary Doctor Viktor Lyashko announced the registration of the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 in Ukraine.
At the end of March, it became known that the Ukrainian government received confirmation of delivering an additional million doses of vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech within the global COVAX mechanism. These vaccines will be delivered in tranches by the end of June.