KIEV, February 22. / TASS /. Ukraine has completed negotiations on an increase of 5 million doses of the US vaccine against the Novavax coronavirus. A total of 15 million doses of this drug will be received starting in July, the country’s Minister of Health Maxim Stepanov said on Monday.
“Another positive news from the Indian Pune (where Stepanov is on a business trip) and the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute. We have successfully completed negotiations to increase the supply of the American vaccine Novavax to Ukraine. We have been confirmed the possibility of supplying an additional 5 million doses of vaccines from this manufacturer. agreement by signing a contract, “he wrote on his Facebook page.
The minister summed up that the total volume of American vaccines that Ukraine will receive has increased to 15 million doses. “Novavax vaccine shipments are scheduled to start in July 2021,” he added.
Vaccination of the population in Ukraine has not yet begun. The country’s authorities abandoned Russian drugs at the end of last year. They announced the conclusion of an agreement to receive more than 1.9 million doses of vaccine from the Chinese company Sinovac Biotech, the first deliveries of which are expected in April. In addition, Ukraine expects to receive vaccines within the framework of the international COVAX mechanism under the auspices of the World Health Organization. It is known that this number will include 117,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine. Earlier it was also reported that under this program Kiev will be provided with 12 million doses of companies AstraZeneca and Novavax. On the eve of a batch of 500 thousand doses of the drug company AstraZeneca was sent to Ukraine from India, the arrival of the cargo is expected in the coming days. Sinovac Biotech, Pfizer and AstraZeneca submitted documents for registration of their drugs in Ukraine.
In Ukraine, an emergency situation and general quarantine are in effect until April 30. On February 24, the so-called adaptive quarantine resumes, when regions will be conditionally divided into zones depending on the level of epidemic danger. As of Monday morning, 3,206 new cases of coronavirus infection were registered in the country per day, the total number of infected during the entire pandemic in Ukraine reached 1,307,662, 1,147,426 people recovered, and 25,156 died from complications.
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