Such a supply became possible after Ukraine increased its capacity to store vaccines in ultra-low temperatures.
"Due to the fact that the country has proven its ability to transport and store large volumes of vaccines, which requires ultra-low temperatures, it was possible to reach agreements with the manufacturer to supply another 50 million doses of Comirnaty in 2022-2023," the statement reads.
It is noted that today the capacity of the national logistics provider of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine "Ukrmedpostach" to store this vaccine has increased from 200 thousand to 2.3 million doses, the country as a whole - up to 6 million.
"This means that Ukraine will be able to provide ultra-cold storage of the entire vaccine batch, which will arrive in 2021 and 2022. This was one of the conditions of the contracts for its supply to Ukraine for 2022-2023," Minister of Health of Ukraine Viktor Lyashko said.
To store Comirnaty at the regional level, UN Development Programme has purchased and installed over 50 freezers in regional warehouses, which can store up to 40,000 doses of vaccine on average. That is, the total capacity of regional warehouses has increased to two million doses.
In addition, freezers purchased by UNICEF will be installed in large regional centers (Dnipro, Odesa, Kharkiv and Lviv) in the near future, with the ability to store up to 200,000 doses of Comirnaty, which will store much larger volumes of vaccine in ultra-low temperatures and greatly simplify delivery on the national level. Another 10 such freezers will be installed in the national warehouse.
This will reduce the dependence of regions on supplies from the national level, because now it will be possible to store more vaccines in regional warehouses for a longer time.
As it was reported, 37.2% of the adult population passed a full course of vaccination from Covid-19 in Ukraine as of December 3.