This batch of vaccines is donated by the US Government through the global COVAX Facility.
According to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, the Moderna vaccines from the newest shipment are to be used for vaccination of professional groups by the mobile brigades.
“WHO welcomes the first delivery of Moderna vaccine through COVAX Facility in Ukraine. Through COVAX in the past months, over 2 million doses of vaccines have been delivered to Ukraine and today's arrival will double the vaccines available. This vaccine is widely used in the USA and other countries. In mid-July, over 1.4 million Ukrainians have received two doses of vaccine, and we encourage people of Ukraine to use the opportunity to be vaccinated,” Dr Jarno Habicht, WHO Representative and Head of WHO Country Office in Ukraine says.
Deliveries under COVAX will continue and by the end of 2021, Ukraine is expected to receive enough vaccines by various manufacturers to protect up to 20% of the population from COVID, in the framework of the initiative.
In-country storage and logistics of shipments of mRNA vaccines from COVAX, in accordance with the correct cold chain requirements, are provided by USAID.
Despite more vaccines becoming available in Ukraine, the COVID-19 vaccination coverage is not sufficient enough for people to give up practices of distancing and wearing masks, which, for the time being, should continue.