The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has registered bill No. 4613, by which the country will be able to use Pfizer\BioNTech, Sinovac Biotech, Moderna, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines. This was announced by Mykhailo Radutsky, the Head of Parliamentary Committee for Public Health on his Facebook page.
“To date, no Covid-19 vaccine has passed the full test cycle. Vaccinations in the EU, USA, and other countries have started in emergency use mode. Ukrainian legislation does not provide for such a regime. Therefore, for the registration of vaccines in our country, there was a need for legislative changes. We grant the government the right to register vaccines for use under the following conditions: available evidence of successful preclinical trials; clinical trials have been conducted with the permission of the relevant competent authorities of the United States, United Kingdom, Swiss Confederation, Japan, Australia, Canada, China, Israel, India, Mexico, Brazil or the European Union; the potential benefit of the drug is known; there is no adequate, approved and affordable alternative," the message says.
Radutsky also noted that the vaccine can be registered for emergency medical use, as long as the applicant completes clinical studies.
According to the chairman of the committee, this bill will be proposed to be considered at the next meeting of the Verkhovna Rada.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health is interested in conducting free vaccination against Covid-19, which means that Ukrainians should not consider vaccination at their own expense in private medical institutions.
"The state is interested in making vaccination free for all segments of the population. Therefore, at the first stages, it is not necessary to consider the possibility of vaccination at their own expense in private organizations, because we are interested and have the resources to buy all vaccines that will enter the Ukrainian market or will have an opportunity to do so. When we talk about the potential possibility of vaccination at our own expense, we are thinking of at least the second half of 2021, but that is not a fact," Chief Sanitary Doctor Lyashko said.