All Ukrainians who want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to be vaccinated free of charge. This was emphasized by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on May 21 from the rostrum of the Verkhovna Rada during the Question Time for the Government.
Thus, referring to the point of vaccination of the population against COVID-19, Denys Shmyhal noted that the Government has direct contracts and agreements with manufacturers for 34 million doses of vaccine, another 8 million doses should come under the COVAX initiative. In particular, Ukraine has agreed to the supply of 20 million doses of the vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech, 10 million doses from Novavax, more than 10 million doses from AstraZeneca/Oxford and almost 2 million doses from Sinovac Biotech.
"The plan remains in place - to immunize the majority of the adult population of Ukraine by the end of the year," the Prime Minister stressed.
According to the Head of Government, the resolution stipulates that 40% of the population should be vaccinated at the expense of the state budget. He stressed that everyone who wants to be vaccinated gets vaccine free of charge.
"We thank the MPs for allocating sufficient funds - UAH 10 billion from the state budget. There is a $90 million deal with the World Bank, part of which will be spent on vaccines. We will receive another €50 million from the European Investment Bank to hold the immunization campaign," said Denys Shmyhal.
Answering the questions of people's deputies, Denys Shmyhal noted that by now more than 2 million doses of vaccine had been delivered to Ukraine, and the number of vaccinated people is over 1 million.
The Prime Minister also thanked the parliamentarians, who by their own example demonstrate to Ukrainians the importance of vaccination.