Ukraine has entered the final stage of signing an agreement with Pfizer for the supply of a vaccine against coronavirus. Negotiations are also underway with other manufacturers. This was stated by the Minister of Health Maxym Stepanov, the press service of the Ministry of Health reports.
"In addition to the COVAX initiative, which we have already joined, we are in talks and already at the stage of signing contracts with Pfizer, with another American companies Moderna, Sinovac, Sinopharm ... They are all at the final stage of research, so we are all in constant contact. The issue of the vaccine against Covid-19 for Ukraine is a priority today for the President of Ukraine, the government and the Ministry of Health", said Stepanov.
The World Health Organization predicts that Ukraine will be able to receive the first batch of successfully tested and registered vaccine against Covid-19 in the second quarter of 2021. Head of the WHO Country Office in Ukraine Dr Jarno Habicht stated this, DW reports.
"We have more than 200 experimental vaccines at different stages of development in laboratories or in different types of trials. Of them, eight vaccines are already in the third phase of clinical trials, and we are currently considering another one vaccine. So we actually have nine vaccines which should show results by the end of December 2020 that we can start studying. If all goes well, the vaccine in Ukraine may be available for vulnerable groups in the second half of 2021," Habich said.