What vaccines against COVID-19 are available in Ukraine – says Kuzin

Three vaccines against COVID-19 are currently available in Ukraine. These are Janssen, CoronaVac and Pfizer.

This was stated by Chief Sanitary Doctor Ihor Kuzin in an interview with “Dzerkal Tyzhnya”.

Most of all, the country is equipped with the CoronaVac vaccine, with about 3 million doses available at the national and 2.3 million doses at the regional level. It will be enough for 2022 and almost all of 2023.

The Janssen vaccine arrived in Ukraine in August 2022, about 200,000 doses.
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“We expected that it would mainly be used by people who want to leave the country and need to be vaccinated urgently,” says Ihor Kuzin.

They also began to resume the use of the Pfizer vaccine. According to Kuzin, new conditions for its storage are currently being applied: not – 80°C, but from +2 to +8°C.

“Previously, this vaccine had to be diluted with a special solvent before vaccination. Now it is delivered completely ready,” says the doctor.

At the end of July, Ukraine received 500,000 doses of Pfizer, and the same amount is expected in September.

“We receive it in small batches. Firstly, the vaccine has a rather short shelf life – you have to use it in time. Secondly, other countries are also waiting for this vaccine as part of the COVAX mechanism,” says Kuzin.

We would like to remind you that a new wave of cases of COVID-19 has arrived in Ukraine. 9,100 patients were recorded in Ukraine last week, and 11,500 this week. The number of hospitalizations is also increasing.

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