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A little bit delayed: Health Ministry announces new date of vaccination’s start

Source : 112 Ukraine

The first batch of the vaccines against Covid-19 is expected in Ukraine on February 16-17
17:49, 15 February 2021

Ukrainian Health Minister Maksym Stepanov
Lviv Regional State Administration

Health Minister of Ukraine Maksym Stepanov said that the first batch of the vaccines against coronavirus is a little bit delayed and it is expected in Ukraine on February 16-17 but not on February 15 as it was reported earlier, as Inter TV channel reported.

“We stated that the vaccination would start on February 15; I announced this date based on agreements on vaccines supply. The sources of vaccines supply are, firstly, Pfizer vaccine within COVAX and its supply is delayed and AstraZeneca vaccine according to the contract concluded with Indian Serum Institute,” Stepanov said.

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According to him, AstraZeneca is expected in Ukraine in a day or two.

“February 16-17, we expect the vaccine in Ukraine,” Stepanov added.

Besides, the Health Minister explained that the ministry fulfilled all procedures and assured that the vaccination would start in a few hours after the vaccine supply in Ukraine.

Related: Ukraine is unlikely to receive Pfizer vaccine next week, - Lyashko

As we reported earlier, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned that inequities in access to the Covid-19 vaccine are "shocking" and could be fatal and devastating.

Earlier, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov stated that Ukraine's supply with a total of 22 million doses of coronavirus vaccines had been officially confirmed.

 

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