UNICEF says when Ukraine will receive next batch of COVID-19 vaccine from COVAX.

Delivery of the next batch of a coronavirus vaccine to Ukraine as part of the global COVAX initiative is expected in late April - early May, Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine Lotta Sylwander has said.

She said this at a briefing on the occasion of the arrival of the first batch of a coronavirus vaccine as part of the COVAX Facility, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“We expect the next batch of vaccines in late April - early May. And there will be more,” she said.

Sylwander explained that the delay in delivery of 117,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine, expected in mid-February, was due to some competition for vaccines around the world. According to her, countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom purchased a large number of vaccines, making it difficult for COVAX to procure vaccines for low- and middle-income countries.

Sylwander recalled that the COVAX Facility includes 171 countries.

She also noted that Ukraine should receive 8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine under the COVAX Facility.

As Ukrinform reported, the first batch of a coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech was delivered to Ukraine on April 16.

The Comirnaty vaccine is an mRNA-based vaccine against COVID-19, with a 95% efficacy. It was registered in Ukraine on February 22, 2021.

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