AstraZeneca vaccine brought to Antarctic

Source : 112 Ukraine

A batch of the drug was sent for the purpose of inoculation of British polar explorers working at Rothera research station
08:05, 8 October 2021

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Nine months after the start of the international vaccination campaign, AstraZeneca vaccine reached the Antarctic. 

According to ВВС, the first batch of the vaccine was used to inoculate 23 polar explorers embedded to the Rothera research station.

"Getting the AZ vaccine to Rothera involved a mammoth trek - a near 10,000-mile journey that began with a RAF Voyager flight from Brize Norton and included stop-overs in Senegal and the Falklands. And all the while, the doses had to be kept at their required 2-8C storage temperature in a special transport container", the outlet wrote.

According to Chairman of Rothera station Matthew Phillips, the opportunity to vaccinate people will make it possible to keep the population healthy and virus-free.

The next batch of the vaccine is supposed to be delivered in the Antarctic in four weeks.

Related: Effectiveness of Pfizer, AstraZeneca wanes within six months after second vaccination

Earlier, Ukraine's Healthcare Ministry approved the list of jobs where the workers are obliged to get vaccinated. The compulsory vaccination campaign among these people should be over within a month, the Ministry's press office reports.

According to the law, the vaccination is compulsory for the following categories of people:

  • employees of the central governmental authorities and their territorial branches;
  • regional state administrations and their subdivisions;
  • workers of education institutions of all levels, regardless their kind of ownership.

The decree takes effect one month since the moment of its release.

Related: 1,700 AstraZeneca vaccine doses expire in October

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