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Half of Ukrainians vaccinated against diphtheria, - Healthcare Ministry
13:26, 9 February 2018
Half of Ukrainians vaccinated against diphtheria, - Healthcare Ministry

The government negotiates with the U.S. on purchasing more vaccine, - acting minister Ulyana Suprun

13:26, 9 February 2018

ukrafoto.com

As of February 9, about half of Ukrainians are inoculated against diphtheria. Ulyana Suprun, the acting minister of healthcare of Ukraine said that in an interview with 112 Ukraine TV channel. 

'We've got to get the numbers growing; there's enough vaccine in the clinics across the country, our pediatricians and family doctors have enough of them as well. Anyone can get inoculated,' she said.

Related: Ukraine may introduce long-term planning for vaccines procurement – Healthcare Ministry

Children and adults (starting from 16 years old) should get vaccinated against diphtheria and tetanus every ten years. According to the official, there's enough vaccine in Ukraine for all those willing to get inoculated. 

Suprun added that the Ukrainian government currently negotiates with the U.S. to get the anti-measles vaccine; currently, Ukraine needs about 900,000 doses for scheduled inoculation. There are still many children who did not get inoculated in time, the minister explained. 

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