Over the summer, over 3 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been offered to Ukraine by Denmark, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia with EU support. Out of these, over 2.5 million doses have been delivered over the last weeks.
The European Union conducts this ongoing operation using its Civil Protection Mechanism to coordinate and finance up to 75% of the transportation costs of vaccine donations from its Member States to Ukraine.
“These donations are an important display of the European Union’s solidarity with Ukraine in the fight against COVID-19... Ukrainians must not be left behind in global vaccination efforts and I hope that the over 3 million vaccine doses from our Member States will be put to use quickly,” said Ambassador Matti Maasikas, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine.
Overall, the EU’s response to the coronavirus pandemic follows a ‘Team Europe’ approach, aimed at saving lives by providing quick and targeted support to the EU’s partners to face the pandemic. It combines resources from the EU, its Member States and financial institutions, in particular the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
As part of this approach, since early 2020 the EU has mobilised €190 million to support Ukraine’s health system, frontline workers, small and medium-sized businesses and vulnerable groups. It has activated its Civil Protection Mechanism to transfer medical equipment and supplies, and is providing emergency Macro-Financial Assistance worth €1.2 billion to Ukraine to help limit the economic fallout of the pandemic.
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