Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that the coronavirus vaccines received under the COVAX mechanism will not be enough to vaccinate the required number of Ukrainians. Therefore, he asked the European Commission to assist Ukraine in negotiations with producers. This was reported by the press service of the President's Office.
"Volodymyr Zelensky also informed his interlocutor (President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, - ed.) That the vaccines allocated within the COVAX fund will not be enough to vaccinate the critical population in 2021. So, he called for more active involvement of the European Commission in Ukraine's negotiation process with its producers, "the statement reads.
The head of state stressed that the acceleration of vaccine supplies could be a strong signal that "the EU is happy to see Ukraine at the table not only when everything is fine, but also in difficult situations."
At the same time, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen assured the Ukrainian leader that in 2021 not only EU countries will receive a sufficient number of doses of coronavirus vaccines, but also neighboring countries.
As we reported, about 367,000 people will be vaccinated during the first stage of the coronavirus vaccination campaign in Ukraine.
Besides, Ukraine’s Health Minister Maksym Stepanov commented on the information about the estimated time of arrival of vaccines in this country; earlier, The Economist assumed that it would not happen until 2023. The Ukrainian official claimed that the vaccination in Ukraine would still begin this February, with no changes in the schedule.