The World Health Organization (WHO) will not yet recommend vaccination with coronavirus vaccines from two different manufacturers - to speed up the vaccination process. This was stated in Geneva by WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris, DW reports.
According to her, the available data are insufficient to say whether a combination of different drugs is possible. Margaret Harris also recalled that the strategic advisory group of experts on immunization advised the use of the same product for both doses, presenting vaccine recommendations to the Swedish-British company AstraZeneca in February. Then experts insisted on conducting specific research on interchangeability.
Meanwhile, the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin said it considered the combination of the two drugs safe. The General Directorate of Health of France, in turn, noted that all vaccinated AstraZeneca under the age of 55 should receive a second dose of a different vaccine.
Meanwhile, Deputy Head of the President’s Office Ihor Zhovkva stated that all issues with vaccines’ supplies are the responsibility of the Health Ministry.
“When the pandemic has started in Ukraine, the president daily held selective meetings on counteraction coronavirus. The issue of vaccination was raised by the president almost every day before the health minister. The things that happen are mostly the responsibility of the health minister,” he said.