In February, Kvien said the United States would provide financial assistance to Ukraine to help it distribute the vaccine doses they received from COVAX.
“This is not our largest donation to date, but it comes at a critical time,” Kvien said in a February statement. “It builds on our long-standing partnership with Ukraine to support health care reform and combat infectious diseases, including COVID. As you know, we have already provided $ 48 million in assistance to Ukraine, to COVID alone. “
But officials working on the federal government’s Covid-1
The issue of vaccine capital has gained new urgency among outbreaks in the southern hemisphere, with officials including World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus accusing wealthy countries of hoarding doses. Officials in poor countries like Ukraine have grown increasingly panicked as the international COVAX program has been slow to deliver doses.
Vaccine diplomatic talks are relatively new to Blinken, who on any other high-profile trip to Kiev in any other time period would be primarily concerned with Ukraine’s concern over Russia. But the Covid-19 pandemic has injected a new sense of anxiety at diplomatic meetings as countries struggle to get first in the queue for international Covid-19 aid.
Ukraine access to Covid-19 vaccines are far from safe. The country has administered more than 750,000 doses to date. Most came from a batch of 12 million AstraZeneca doses sent by the India Serum Institute in March. But local officials are in possession of storage to vaccinate the rest of the nearly 40 million people living in Ukraine.
Last month, Ukraine approved the use of more than 200,000 doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine, which it received in March. Ukraine is also ready to receive another 16 million vaccine doses from COVAX. Kiev has also recently signed an agreement with Pfizer for 20 million doses of its shot – enough to vaccinate 10 million people. It is unclear when these Pfizer doses will arrive.