The vaccination from coronavirus in Ukraine could start already next month; Ukraine could be using any of the two currently produced mRNA vaccines, Pfizer or Moderna. Viktor Lyashko, the Chief Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine reported that in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine news agency.
"The vaccine from COVAX is expected to be shipped in late March. However, on January 6, we received the lettter from GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation) with the request for Ukraine to confirm its readiness to accept the mRNA vaccine according to the previously filed appeal. The thing is, the producers of mRNA vaccine (currently it is produced only by Pfizer and Moderna) turned to GAVI, offering to provide certain number of doses", Lyashko said.
"When we filed an appeal to GAVI, we said our choice for massinve vaccination would be the vaccine with the temperature of storage from +2 to +8 degrees (Celsius). At the same time, we don't refuse from other vaccines (stored under temperatures from -20 or -70 degrees) because we realize that the massive vaccination will take a while, considering the structure and respective approaches. That is, on January 8, we sent GAVI the answer, saying we were ready to accept mRNA vaccines, and we're about to protect the medical workers (we're going to inoculate them during the first stage of vaccination). GAVI are yet to decide whether they pass the mRNA vaccines to Ukraine or not. Since we lived up to all requirements by GAVI, I believe that in early February, we'll be able to start the vaccination with mRNA vaccine", Lyashko said.
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