Ukraine's Healthcare Minister Maksym Stepanov met with Cyrus Poonawalla, the owner of Serum Institute of India. The officials discussed the supplies of vaccines from Covid-19, namely NovaVax and AstraZeneca/CoviShield. Stepanov posted that on Facebook.
The sides discussed possible increase of supplies of Novavax from 10 to 15 million doses already this year, and the increase of volume of the first batch of vaccines from two to four million doses. "Already in July-August, we expect first batches of NovaVax (...) Mr. Poonawalla and I discussed the opportunity to increase the volume of supplies of NovaVax from 10 to 15 million [doses] this year", reads the message.
According to Stepanov, the contract envisaged that Ukraine was supposed to get 1.5 million doses of this vaccine by March 31; however, the Indian government did not approve its export. The Minister claimed that Prime Minister Denys Shmygal repeatedly turned to his Indian colleague, asking to provide the license on vaccine export.