Ukraine expects the next batch of CoronaVac vaccine produced by the Chinese company Sinovac Biotech in the coming weeks. This was stated by President Volodymyr Zelensky, recalling that earlier, Ukraine received 215,000 doses of this drug.
"In addition to China, the Sinovac vaccine is already used by 18 countries around the world. In particular, Turkey, where President Erdogan and Patriarch Bartholomew were vaccinated with it," Zelensky said.
The head of state added that in total, under the contract with Sinovac Biotech, Ukraine should receive almost two million doses of CoronaVac.
The first batch of the Chinese drug for coronavirus manufactured by Sinovac Biotech arrived in Ukraine on March 25.
This vaccine is inactive, that is, it consists of a "killed" virus. The body reacts to it and develops immunity.
CoronaVac proved 83.5-percent efficiency, but only after two doses. The day before, the Ministry of Health disclosed the action of the drug and possible side effects.
A number of ministries of health, national regulatory authorities and public procurement organizations have received suspicious offers to supply Covid-19 vaccines. This was stated by the WHO Director-General Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus during the briefing.
Some falsified products are being sold as vaccines on the internet, especially on the dark web, and the WHO is aware of other reports of corruption and re-use of empty vaccine vials.
"We urge the secure disposal or destruction of used and empty vaccine vials to prevent them from being reused by criminal groups. And we urge all people not to buy vaccines outside government-run vaccination programmes," Ghebreyesus said.