Minister of Health of Ukraine Maksym Stepanov has left from Boryspil Airport to India to conduct direct negotiations with manufacturers on additional volumes of Oxford/AstraZeneca and NovaVax vaccines. The head of the Ministry of Health stated this on his Facebook page.
“Kyiv-Dubai-Delhi-Pune. I will be at my destination place in Pune in 17 hours. We are preparing for negotiations with the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world – Serum Institute of India. Unfortunately, the pandemic will be a global problem for the next several years. We understand that it is necessary to contract additional volumes now,” Stepanov wrote.
According to him, the main task at the moment is in addition to the already contracted 12 million doses, to reach direct agreements directly with the manufacturer for the supply of additional volumes of Oxford/AstraZeneca and NovaVax vaccines in 2021-2022.
He also noted that he will personally control the dispatch of the first batch.
On February 16, Healthcare Minister Maksym Stepanov claimed that the vaccination campaign in Ukraine did not begin as scheduled because of transportation problems.
As is known, Ukraine's Healthcare Ministry planned to start the vaccination campaign with the use of two kinds of vaccines, Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca. Both companies already requested registration of their vaccines in Ukraine.