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Ukraine continues working on home-produced vaccines: What hampers the process

Ukrainian scientists are formulating two types of vaccine against coronavirus. Photo: Flickr

Ukrainian scientists are formulating two types of vaccine against coronavirus. Photo: Flickr

Ukrainian scientists continue working on creating the home-produced vaccine against coronavirus. According to Serhiy Komisarenko, Academician-Secretary of the Department of Biochemistry, Physiology and Molecular Biology at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, now they are focused on two types of vaccinations.

"We can now make a high-quality domestic vaccine, very similar to Pfizer or Moderna," he said in an interview with the TV channel Dom.

However, Komisarenko noted that the development is hampered by a lack of funds. According to the Academician, the Ministry of Health "hardly finances this." He added that support from the World Health Organization (WHO) can help Ukrainian scientists to implement their plans.

Context. For the first time the talks about the Ukrainian vaccine appeared in October 2020. At that time a promising coronavirus vaccine project to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. On the same day, the Ministry announced that the Ukrainian vaccine would be ready in a year at most; NASU (the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) is formulating it with the assistance of the company DiaPrep, owned by epidemiologist Mykhailo Favorov.

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