The newly appointed health minister sets goals / Photo from UNIAN, by Andriy Mariyenko

Newly appointed Health Minister Viktor Liashko's goal is to ensure that all the Ukrainians who want to be vaccinated against COVID-19 could do this by the end of 2021.

This was reported by the Health Ministry's press service on Telegram.

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After the Verkhovna Rada appointed Liashko as a new minister on May 20, he took the oath and was introduced to Health Ministry employees.

"As of today, I'll continue my work for the Health Ministry as [its] head. First of all, it means responsibility to me. In the near future, I will introduce a team of deputies, but I assure you that these will be people who share my principles in work – they work responsibly, transparently and set high goals for themselves. I see all of us as a team, and I will try to contribute to the maximum implementation of your potential," he said.

Health Ministry reshuffle

  • On May 18, 2021, the Verkhovna Rada dismissed Health Minister Maksym Stepanov.
  • On May 19, 2021, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal tabled a motion in parliament to appoint Deputy Health Minister  and Chief Medical Officer Viktor Liashko as Health Minister.
  • On May 19, 2021, speaking at a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Health, Medical Assistance and Health Insurance, Liashko said he would ensure that 5 million Ukrainians would get vaccinated this summer, that is, 10 million vaccine shots would be administered.
  • On May 20, 2021, the Verkhovna Rada voted for the appointment of Liashko as health minister.
  • First Deputy of the Servant of the People parliamentary faction Oleksandr Korniyenko says that that if Liashko does not fulfill his promise to ensure the vaccination of 5 million Ukrainians this summer, the minister will have to resign. According to Korniyenko, ministers are politically responsible and must fulfill their promises.