In February, Kvien said the United States would provide financial assistance to Ukraine to help distribute the doses of vaccine it received from COVAX.
“This is not our biggest donation so far, but it is coming at a critical time,” Quien said in a statement in February. “It builds on our long-standing partnership with Ukraine in support of health reform and the fight against infectious diseases, including COVID. As you know, we have already provided $ 48 million in aid to Ukraine for COVID alone. “
But officials working on the federal government’s Covid-1
The issue of vaccine fairness has gained new urgency amid outbreaks in the southern hemisphere, with officials, including World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Gebreyes, accusing rich countries of accumulating doses. Officials in poor countries such as Ukraine are becoming increasingly panicked as the international COVAX program slowly delivers doses.
The discussion on vaccination is relatively new to Blinken, which on any other high-ranking trip to Kiev at any other time would deal primarily with appealing Ukraine’s concerns about Russia. But the Covid-19 pandemic brings a new sense of anxiety to diplomatic meetings as countries struggle to get the first line of international Covid-19 aid.
In Ukraine access to Covid-19 vaccines are far from certain. The country has administered more than 750,000 doses to date. Most come from a batch of 12 million doses of AstraZeneca, which the Indian Serum Institute sent in March. But local authorities have plenty of supplies to vaccinate the remaining 40 million people living in Ukraine.
Last month, Ukraine approved the use of more than 200,000 doses of the Chinese vaccine Sinovac, which he received in March. Ukraine also needs to receive an additional 16 million doses of COVAX vaccines. Kiev also recently struck a deal with Pfizer for 20 million doses of the shot – enough to vaccinate 10 million people. It is not clear when these doses of Pfizer will arrive.