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Ukrainian medics, military, law enforcers to get vaccine first, - official

Source : 112 Ukraine

Four million Ukrainian citizens have the right to get it for free, thanks to the COVAX program
08:05, 11 December 2020

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Medics, military and law enforcers will be the first to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in Ukraine. Mykhailo Radutsky, the Head of Parliamentary Committee for Public Health said so in an evening TV shot at 1+1 TV channel. Interfax-Ukraine quoted him as saying.

"The first wave comprises of doctors, military people, and the police (...) and the elrderly people from the risk group", Radutsky said.

At that, he claimed that four million Ukrainian citizens have the right to get it for free, thanks to the COVAX program. 

Related: Ukraine among countries to lack Covid-19 vaccines due to huge demand, - human rights defenders

According to Anton Herashchenko, the Interior Minister's Counselor, the overall incidence rate among law enforcers in Ukraine reached 25,000 cases. 78 of these cases proved lethal. 

In July, Chief Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine Viktor Lyashko claimed that the mechanism of global access to vaccines against Covid-19 will let Ukraine cover the needs of 20 percent of the country's population.

Almost 70 countries, including Ukraine, will not be having enough vaccines from Covid-19 because of the serious demand worldwide. People's Vaccine Alliance, the group of human right watchers said so in their joint statement, as quoted by Voice of America

The NGOs claim that in these countries, only one of ten people will be able to get the vaccine. The watchers state the rich countries have procured huge stocks of the vaccine - in some cases, even those vaccines that are still developed. Thus, citizens in poorer countries have fewer options to lay their hands on the vaccine - in the near future, anyway. 

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