On 23 April, Ukraine received 367,200 doses of the Astra Zeneca-Oxford vaccine free of charge through the COVAX Facility, supported by the EU.
This batch of AstraZeneca vaccines will be used for vaccination of mainly the elderly population (60+) and those from priority groups, including healthcare workers, social workers and other critical services.
“Ukraine is scaling up its vaccination capacity through the international COVAX Facility. This second vaccine delivery, shortly after the first one, is another incremental step towards overcoming the pandemic,” said Ambassador Matti Maasikas, Head of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine. “The European Union and all of Team Europe, together with our partners, remain at Ukraine’s side to fight the virus and its impact on the health system, economy and vulnerable groups.”
The vaccines were delivered by the UNICEF supply department, which is responsible for all vaccine supplies through the COVAX Facility for countries in the WHO European Region. Under the COVAX Facility, more batches of the vaccines are expected to come to Ukraine in the coming months.
The European Union is one of the biggest supporters of COVAX, a global collaboration to accelerate the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. The EU’s Team Europe (which combines resources from the EU, its Member States and European financial institutions) supports COVAX with more than €2.2 billion, including €1 billion from the EU budget.
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