President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky offered Lithuania the assistance of Ukraine in the mass production of Covid-19 vaccine if necessary. Zelensky announced this at a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis. This was reported by presidential press service.
"The interlocutors discussed the situation in Ukraine and Lithuania due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the measures taken by the leaders of both countries to overcome the pandemic and ensure the protection of citizens. Volodymyr Zelensky asked for help in speeding up the supply of more vaccines and offered the assistance of Ukraine in its mass production if necessary," the message reads.
Meanwhle, the first stage of vaccination from coronavirus kicks off in Ukraine. According to Maksym Stepanov, Ukraine's Healthcare Minister, since 7 a.m. Wednesday, the first doses are being distributed across the regions of the country.
"Ukraine is well supplied with vaccines for the first and second phases, according to the Healthcare Ministry; we have such agreements, and we understand terms of supplies of the vaccine in Ukraine," the official said.
According to the Minister, the authority kept its word about launching the vaccination campaign in February.
The first person to receive the vaccine was Yevhen Horenko, a resuscitator at the Cherkasy Regional Hospital.