In November, Ukraine has received 250 vials of diphtheria antitoxin as humanitarian aid. 150 of these were submitted by UNDP and another 100 were provided by the Embassy of the Republic of India in Ukraine.
As of November 29, a centralized serum supply has been created. This will allow to promptly provide the required number of doses for treatment as needed. Additionally, the serum will be distributed and delivered to the regions in the nearest future. 38 vials of diphtheria antitoxin have already been delivered to Zakarpatia region.
The regions still stockpile serum received as humanitarian aid in August 2019 from the WHO.
Diphtheria antitoxin is used exclusively for the treatment of diphtheria. The number of doses and the need for injection is determined by a doctor.
Diphtheria is an acute infectious disease that is transmitted by airborne droplets. It is a dangerous disease that is fatal. Therefore, the most reliable way to protect against the disease is to vaccinate both children and adults, according to the vaccination calendar.
Currently, Ukraine has over 5 million doses of diphtheria vaccine, spread across all the regions. In December, the regions will receive additional 75,000 doses of anti-diphtheria serum and tetanus adsorbed (ADP) vaccine that have already been delivered to Ukraine. Free vaccination is available after contacting a pediatrician, therapist or family doctor with whom you have your declaration signed.