Ukrainian Health Minister Maksym Stepanov says the country will receive nearly 1 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in May 2021.
"We expect Pfizer from two sources. The first one is COVAX – 473,000 doses. We have official confirmation from COVAX that the supplies will take place by May 17-18. In May, we also expect about 500,000 doses from Pfizer under a direct contract," he told the Nash TV channel.
According to Stepanov, these doses will be used to vaccinate people at risk.
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- On February 24, 2021, Ukraine launched a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
- The following vaccines are now being used in Ukraine: Covishield (AstraZeneca), a recombinant vector vaccine produced under a license at the Serum Institute of India; CoronaVac, which was developed by the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech; and Comirnaty by Pfizer/BioNTech.
- The vaccination will take place in five stages. Frontline healthcare workers such as doctors who treat COVID-19 patients, ambulance teams, laboratory personal involved in COVID-19 testing, as well as residents and staff of nursing homes, military personnel in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) zone in Donbas are to be vaccinated first.
- On March 22, 2021, Ukraine launched the second stage of vaccination. Doctors from all healthcare facilities, social workers, as well as people over 80 years old are to get vaccinated.