President Volodymyr Zelensky called on the government to expedite the purchase of medical masks and personal protective equipment. He stated this at a traditional meeting on prevention of the spread of coronavirus Covid-19, which was attended by representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers and law enforcement agencies. This was reported by the press service of the head of state.
"Hospitals, doctors, pharmacies - there should be masks, disinfectants, [and the rest of] equipment. Purchasing process takes a very long time. We need to look for ways to shorten this process, so that the Ministry purchases equipment faster and faster. We know how much is our bureaucracy complicated. Find the ways to simplify it. Each delay can cost us lives. A second wave of coronavirus is expected in the world. We passed the first one relatively well, although, unfortunately, we lost more than 600 lives. We must be prepared with all procedures in the future," Zelensky emphasized.
Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov, for his part, noted that more than 100,000 respirators were delivered to Ukraine by plane - thanks to the help of one of the national companies. Also, cooperation with the World Bank on the procurement of everything necessary has been established, and starting from next week, contracts regarding future purchases will be concluded.
Earlier, it was reported that the Ministry of Healthcare plans to purchase medical masks and suits of biological protection, which are supposed to remain in the state reserve.