Ukraine changes vaccination plan by CoviShield

Source : 112 Ukraine

The decision was made to increase interval between doses
13:00, 16 March 2021

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The plan of vaccination with CoviShield will be changed in Ukraine to reach the maximum level of immune defense. The interval between doses will be increased up to three months instead of 28 days as reported citing a member of the National technical group of experts on immunologic prophylaxis Fedir Laptiy.

“The decision is made to maximally vaccinate by one dose of AstraZeneca. It allows to use 250,000 doses that were reserved for the second shots,” Lapiy reported.

The proper decision will be published on the website of the Health Ministry soon.

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According to Lapiy, the decision was made after the publication of the large-scale research of efficiency of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in Britain by The Lancet. According to the study, this vaccine provides the highest protection if two doses are provided with the interval of three months and more.

The correcting of the scheme will not affect other vaccines against coronavirus that Ukraine is going to receive.

Earlier, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmygal has registered at the Verkhovna Rada bill #5247 that lifts any responsibility for consequences from producers of the vaccine against Covid-19, medical workers and everyone involved in the vaccination campaign.

Related: Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Latvia refuse to use AstraZeneca vaccine

Since the beginning of the vaccination, 62,083 people vaccinated in Ukraine. However,

Earlier, chief sanitary doctor of Ukraine Viktor Lyashko stated that Ukrainians will not be able to choose between CoviShield and Pfizer vaccines. According to him, when a particular vaccine is delivered to Ukraine, managers, and experts will determine how to use the drug as efficiently as possible.

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