Ukraine said on Wednesday that it had agreed to buy nearly two million doses of the China-developed CoronaVac Coronavirus Jab, the post-Soviet country’s first trade deal to buy a vaccine.
Kiev is expected to receive its first batch of 700,000 doses within a month of registering the vaccine in China or elsewhere, according to a presidency statement.
Sinovac Biotech, one of China’s leading vaccine manufacturers, developed CoronaVac, which has been tested in Brazil, China, Turkey and Indonesia.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a statement that authorities would soon launch a “large-scale” vaccination program.
The deal calls for a total of 1,913,316 doses at 504 hryvnia ($ 18) per dose, which the presidency says will be given free of charge to healthcare workers and those most at risk.
The authorities continued negotiations with other vaccine manufacturers without naming them.
The Ministry of Health announced earlier this month that it had agreed to deliver 8 million doses of vaccine through Covax, a mechanism of the World Health Organization for the worldwide distribution of vaccines.
The WHO and its partners expect delivery of Covax to begin in 2021.
Some pro-Moscow politicians in ex-Soviet Ukraine have advocated the introduction of the Russian-developed Sputnik V Jab.
But health officials in Kiev have so far refused to notice the Sputnik V was registered until large-scale trials were completed.
With a population of 42 million, Ukraine has officially registered just over a million viral infections and 18,324 deaths from Covid-19.
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