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Health Minister speaks of possibility of supplying vaccines from the USA

Source : 112 Ukraine

Maxym Stepanov did not provide details, citing confidential agreements
20:41, 28 March 2021

Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov
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Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said that Ukraine could conclude contracts for the supply of vaccines from an American manufacturer. He stated this in an interview with Radio Liberty.

"The only thing I can say is that in the next few days, I think you will hear about the appropriate conclusion of contracts and the timing of deliveries with certain vaccines. Talking about American vaccines, we are persistently doing this, including through diplomatic channels, starting from last summer," Stepanov said.

According to him, during negotiations last year, suppliers offered to provide vaccines in the fourth quarter of 2021, but the Ukrainian side secured earlier supplies from AstraZeneca and Sinovac.

He did not specify what kind of American vaccine in question, citing confidential agreements.

Now Ukrainians are vaccinated with the drug CoviShield, and the first batch of the Chinese vaccine against coronavirus CoronaVac arrived in Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Health Minister Maksym Stepanov is confident that Ukrainians will be able to buy coronavirus vaccine in pharmacies when a commercial market appears. The head of the Ministry of Health said this in an interview with Radio Liberty, RBC Ukraine reports.

"As soon as commercial companies bring the vaccine, it will probably be possible to buy it. The Ministry of Health, on the contrary, calls on any pharmaceutical companies that operate in this market, if you have the opportunity, please bring it. We will register it (those that are registered in Ukraine), we will very quickly carry out all the procedures that the State Medicines Service should carry out so that we have a market, "Stepanov said.

According to him, at the moment, no country in the world has a commercial market for vaccines against Covid-19.

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