Ukraine approves use of AstraZeneca vaccine produced in Korea, - minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

On April 22, 367,000 doses are to be delivered in this country
08:03, 21 April 2021

Ukraine's Healthcare Minister Maksym Stepanov

Ukraine's Healthcare Ministry has registered the AstraZeneca vaccine made in South Korea. Maksym Stepanov, the Healthcare Minister reported that on Facebook.

"Today, I signed the decree about registration of AstraZeneca vaccine, which is produced on the South Korean facility. It's the drug that is supposed to come to use within the COVAX initiative", Stepanov wrote. 

According to him, on April 22, Ukraine expects 367,000 doses of this particular vaccine to be delivered.

Part of this batch will be given to those already vaccinated with CoviShield, and the rest will be given to patients waiting for their first shots yet.

The Healthcare Minister reiterated that AstraZeneca and CoviShield are totally identical.

Ukraine's Healthcare Ministry increased the gap between the injections of first and second doses of Covishield/AstraZeneca vaccine. The new gap between the jabs is supposed to make 12 weeks. Press office of the Ministry reported that on April 20.

Related: Healthcare Ministry increases gap between Covishield/AstraZeneca vaccine shots

"The injection with the second dose [with Covishield/AstraZeneca] will be taking place 12 weeks after the first one! We will update you on the time and place of vaccination from Covid-19 via the contact number that you left during the injection", reads the message.

Earlier, results of a recent research were released in The Lancet magazine. According to the research, the efficiency of AstraZeneca vaccine after two standard doses injected during 12 weeks or more increased to 81.3 percent.

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