On September 29, Healthcare Minister Viktor Lyashko announced his department's plans to spend 1,700 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine by the end of September. These doses are to expire in October, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
In particular, the AstraZeneca vaccine, which expires on 30 September, is currently in active use. As of September 28, there were 1,600 doses of such vaccines, while by the end of September 29, there were only 700 doses left.
The Minister stressed that overdue vaccines are not used in Ukraine.
In addition, the Ministry of Health does not plan to use the expiring vaccine for booster doses. Such vaccines, he said, are actively used for immunization in the first place.
As it was reported earlier, Ukraine plans to dispose of thousands of doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine because of the supposed cold regime violation during transportation.
Ukraine has almost 11,500,000 doses of vaccine of various producers at its disposal. 35,676 doses from that amount are going to expire on September 30. On September 30, the following amount of vaccine doses will expire: 1,640 doses of AstraZeneca and 34,036 doses of Pfizer.