Ukraine has concluded deals to receive 42 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. This was announced during a briefing by the Minister of Health Maxym Stepanov.
"Ukraine has made deals and should receive 42 million doses of vaccines by the end of 2021. These are drugs under direct contracts between the state of Ukraine and vaccine manufacturers. These are 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccines, 2 million doses of AstraZeneca, 10 million doses of NovaVax and 1.9 million doses of Sinovac/CoronaVac vaccines. And also 8 million doses of vaccines from the global initiative COVAX", Maxym Stepanov told.
The Minister noted that this is the number of doses of vaccines sufficient to immunize the majority of the adult population of Ukraine by the end of 2021. The goal of the Ministry of Health is to deliver to Ukraine 48 million doses of medications for the vaccination of 70% of Ukrainians.
Maxym Stepanov stressed that the Ministry is constantly working to improve the vaccination process. Despite the shortage of vaccines in the world, Ukraine is negotiating contracts for 2022 and 2023.
In the last 10 days, the country has received 1 million doses of Sinovac vaccines. In April, as part of the global COVAX initiative - 367 thousand AstraZeneca and 117 thousand doses of Pfizer. An additional 1.4 million doses of COVAX vaccines are expected by the end of May. 500 thousand doses of Pfizer under direct contracts are to arrive in Ukraine in May-June.
It should be noted that in Q1 2021 Ukraine expected the arrival of 3.184 million doses of vaccines, of which 500 thousand were actually received, in Q2 - 5.016 million, of which 1.699 million doses have been delivered. 10.6 million doses of vaccines were planned to arrive in Q3 and 23.1 million doses in Q4 2021.