The Ministry of Health of Ukraine is preparing to conduct a seroepidemiological study of the presence of antibodies to Covid-19 in Ukrainians, Chief Sanitary Doctor, Deputy Minister of Health Viktor Lyashko told reporters on Saturday, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"There will be no mass testing for Covid-19, but we are talking about a sero-epiemiological study that will study blood for the presence of immunoglobulin G and see how many cases of Covid-19 our system does not catch," he said.
According to Lyashko, the study will test about 10,000 people throughout Ukraine, from whom, in accordance with a representative sample, blood will be taken.
The research will be carried out through the Public Health Center.
"On Tuesday, we start: we collect all health departments, present the design and agree on dates. The sample will take into account, in particular, gender, age, place of residence, occupation," Lyashko said.
Meanwhile, the European Union plans to accelerate the approvals of coronavirus vaccines adapted to combat mutations. This was stated by bloc’s Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides.
“We have now decided that a vaccine that has been improved by the manufacturer on the basis of the previous vaccine to combat new mutations no longer has to go through the entire approval process. So it will be faster to have suitable vaccines available without compromising on safety,” she said.