KIEV, February 23. / TASS /. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky instructed to start the process of vaccination against coronavirus in the country as soon as possible. First of all, doctors will be vaccinated, and secondly, military personnel, with whom the head of state plans to be vaccinated.
"Vaccination should start as soon as possible, as soon as the regions receive the first batches [of the vaccine]. But it should be voluntary - no one needs to be forced, it is better to inform people in detail about the proper quality of the drug," Zelensky said, quoted by his office on Tuesday … The statement by the head of state is related to the arrival of the first batch of coronavirus vaccine in the country.
First of all, the presidential administration recalled, doctors who provide assistance to those infected with coronavirus, emergency medical assistance, family doctors, and secondly, military personnel will be vaccinated. "Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed his readiness to get vaccinated together with the military as the supreme commander-in-chief," the office said.
The first batch of 500 thousand doses of the Covishield coronavirus vaccine developed by the British-Swedish company AstraZenec in cooperation with the University of Oxford was delivered to Ukraine on Tuesday from India. The registration process was completed on February 22. The deputy head of the Ministry of Health of the country, the chief state sanitary doctor Viktor Lyashko reported that vaccination in Ukraine will begin in certain regions on Wednesday, February 24. In total, it is planned to vaccinate about 14.4 million citizens of the country in 2021.
Earlier, the Ukrainian authorities refused to use Russian drugs. They announced the conclusion of a contract for the receipt of 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 under the international COVAX mechanism under the auspices of the World Health Organization. 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 drugs from AstraZenec and Novavax. On February 15, the head of the country's Ministry of Health, Maxim Stepanov, announced an agreement to increase the supply of the American vaccine against the Novavax coronavirus by 5 million doses; in general, Kiev hopes to receive 15 million doses of this drug starting in July.