Lyashko explained that the delay in the delivery of a batch of vaccine from Pfizer under the global COVAX mechanism is associated with bureaucratic difficulties. It should be noted that only on Monday February 15 Ukraine will receive the necessary draft agreement from Pfizer. After that, the vaccine must be registered and received from UNICEF. All these processes will take several days.
Thus, the first vaccine that Ukraine will receive will be a drug from the British-Swedish AstraZeneca. Vaccination will begin the day after drug delivery.
On February 12 it was reported that Ukraine will receive 50 million euros from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the purchase of vaccines for the population and modern refrigeration equipment for a network of vaccination centers. The EIB will allocate funds within the framework of the current Program for the Development of Municipal Infrastructure of Ukraine project.
2.5 billion people in about 130 countries do not have access to coronavirus vaccines. This is emphasized in a joint statement by WHO President Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
"Of the 128 million vaccine doses administered so far, more than three quarters of those vaccinations are in just 10 countries that account for 60% of global GDP," reads the message.
It is noted that such a “self-defeating” strategy will cost lives and livelihoods, give the virus an additional opportunity to mutate, avoid vaccination, and undermine the recovery of the world’s economy.
As we reported earlier, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned that inequities in access to the Covid-19 vaccine are "shocking" and could be fatal and devastating.