In February, Ukraine will receive 117,000 doses of the US-made Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine. It will be distributed to vaccinate workers in hospitals that treat COVID-19 patients. This was announced by the Chief Sanitary Doctor Viktor Lyashko.
According to him, COVAX received applications for vaccines from 72 countries, 18 were selected for initial supplies, including Ukraine.
During the first half of the year, starting from February, Ukraine may also receive from 2.2 to 3.7 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine for the next stages of the vaccination campaign. "And this is only within the framework of the COVAX mechanism," Lyashko explained.
Context. The COVAX mechanism was created under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO). Its goal is to provide vaccines for the population of poor countries. The plan for 2012 is 2 billion doses. The vaccine is purchased with funds from international donors. Contracts have already been signed for 40 million doses of Pfizer vaccine and 150 million for AstraZeneca. They are planned to be distributed in the first quarter of this year.
The State Commission for TEF and Emergency Situations approved the coronavirus vaccination schedule for 2021.