At the moment, Ukrainians from the first wave of mass vaccination (those who have a critical risk of contracting coronavirus, as well as doctors) do not have the right to choose. They are inoculated with Indian Covishield (500 thousand doses so far) with a ridiculous efficiency of 63%. Whether there will be a choice when the country finally gets other drugs is unknown. But it is already clear now: before a visit to the vaccination center, it will not even be possible to find out what exactly you are going to be injected with. Because the Ministry of Health has banned doctors in the regions from disseminating information about prices, manufacturers and suppliers of coronavirus vaccines.
It will be an Indian vaccine, which is only more likely to help than not. Or it will be the Chinese SinoVac with an efficiency of 50% (according to the Brazilian Institute). Or you may be a little more lucky and manage to get the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine - if, of course, we finally get it under the Covax program. Representatives of the French National Academy of Medicine say the vaccine works 95%. Perhaps other options will appear, but so far nothing is known about this.
And all this happened despite the fact that the head of the Ministry of Health Stepanov himself said that only a vaccine with 70% effectiveness is advisable for mass vaccination.
This is exactly how, in the form of a Russian roulette, the Ministry of Health sees the mass vaccination. According to the new order No. 298, the head of the Ukrmedpostach State Enterprise and representatives of state administrations must ensure "non-disclosure of any information regarding manufacturers and / or suppliers." This requirement is neatly tucked away in a list of other obvious requirements for those responsible for vaccination. For example - to store the vaccine securely, take and deliver it in a timely manner, report theft, and dispose of it.
It is obvious that the authorities are trying to minimize in advance the abandonment of useless vaccines, for which budget funds have already been spent. Judging by the title of the decree, it will only concern purchases made this year. The decree does not apply to the procurement of vaccines at the expense of the budget of 2022 or 2023, for which mass vaccinations are also planned. Probably, the ministers believe that in a year the country will have higher quality vaccines and there will be no need to hide their mistakes.
That's not all. According to the ministers, as a taxpayer, you have no right to know what exactly your funds were spent on and in what volume. It is not clear how the price of a vaccine can be confidential information if the data on the recipients of budgetary funds have always been covered by the Law "On Access to Public Information".
Here one immediately recalls the scandal with Minister Stepanov, who was accused of disrupting the supply of drugs at a lower price. Behind this decision, apparently, is also an attempt to hide the upcoming scandals associated with the supply of unjustifiably expensive drugs.
It is known that almost a billion hryvnias of taxpayers' money have already been spent on a vaccine with 50% effectiveness, another 1.6 billion - for a vaccine with 63%. And this happened in the presence of a budget alternative "Sputnik V" with an efficiency of 91.6% (according to The Lancet). In the future, if, for example, SinoVac is purchased not at 3 euros per dose, but at 33 euros, you will not know anything about it - despite the fact that you have such a right.
What else is there in the new document besides new restrictions and obvious recommendations? Perhaps it resolves the issue of fairness of distribution of these same vaccines in "manual mode"? After all, the order is precisely called "On the distribution of Vaccines". Paradoxically, no.
So far, it turns out that the likelihood of antibodies in your blood will depend on which vaccine is in your hospital. Will the distribution of the drug depend on the "quality" of certain social groups?
A very interesting picture is drawn. Indeed, recently the vaccination plan was changed and allowed public figures to be vaccinated with "residual doses”. By itself, the definition of "public figure" is extremely vague. In fact, if you want, almost every one of us can be considered them - and, accordingly, invited for vaccination with a more effective drug in the right center. At least, there was no explanation from the Ministry of Health.
The authorities are not worried about the health of the nation and the formation of herd immunity, or the fairness of the distribution of vaccines. They only care about reporting on mass vaccinations without questions from the public.