The first 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca-CoviShield vaccine were shipped in India, and they began a long journey to Ukraine. This was announced by the head of the Ministry of Health Maxym Stepanov and he posted a confirmation video on Facebook.
"Today I personally supervised the shipment of the first batch of AstraZeneca (CoviShield) vaccines from a manufacturing plant in the Indian city of Pune. 500,000 doses of vaccine go to Ukraine and will be further distributed among the regions according to the plan of the Ministry of Health," Stepanov said.
He explained that the vaccine is now being transported to Mumbai.
"Further there will be a long journey by cargo plane with a stop in Istanbul, and one of these days the vaccine will arrive in Ukraine. During transportation, all temperature requirements that are necessary to maintain the quality of the vaccines will be met," Stepanov said.
The Ministry of Health reported that vaccination against coronavirus in Ukraine should start on February 15. However, on February 16, Health Minister Maxym Stepanov said that vaccination against coronavirus in Ukraine did not begin on time due to logistics problems.
At the same time, Stepanov assured that by the end of the week Ukraine will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19.
The Minister of Health himself flew to India on February 19 to negotiate with the Serum Institute regarding the supply of the vaccine.