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First phase of vaccination campaign kicks off in Ukraine, - Healthcare Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

First doses are being distributed across the regions of the country, Maksym Stepanov says
11:42, 24 February 2021

Reuters

The first stage of vaccination from coronavirus kicks off in Ukraine. According to Maksym Stepanov, Ukraine's Healthcare Minister, since 7 a.m. Wednesday, the first doses are being distributed across the regions of the country.

"Ukraine is well supplied with vaccines for the first and second phases, according to the Healthcare Ministry; we have such agreements, and we understand terms of supplies of the vaccine in Ukraine", the official said.

According to the Minister, the authority kept its word about launching the vaccination campaign in February.

Related: Lithuania ready to share extra vaccines with Ukraine when it has surplus, - official

Meanwhile, Iran and Russia plan to launch the joint production of vaccine against coronavirus, namely the Sputnik V. The government of the Islamic Republic reported that on Tuesday, February 24, as quoted by Deutsche Welle.

"Iran is to become one of five centers of production of Sputnik outside Russia", the Iranian government said. 

The country's production capacity allows Iranian manufacturers to produce up to 40 million doses of vaccine annually.

Tehran plans to launch production by March 21, which marks the end of the year under the Persian calendar.

In January, Tehran banned the entry of vaccines from the U.S. and Great Britain. That includes the vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca.

Related: WHO scientists look for source of coronavirus in Wuhan

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