In February, Kvien said the United States would provide financial assistance to Ukraine to help distribute the amount of vaccines it receives from COVAX.
“This is not our biggest donation to date. But it’s an important moment, ”Kvien said in a statement in February.“ It’s built on our long-standing partnership with Ukraine to support health reform and fight infectious disease, including COVID. Aid to Ukraine has already gone 48 million dollars for COVID alone. “
But officials working on the federal Covid-19 response remain separate on whether the United States should ship the drug overseas at a time when home vaccination rates slow. As American demand slows, the administration has become more difficult to quantify that it can reserve. However, US critics note that the country has more than 1billion vaccines on orders from multiple manufacturers, more than enough to vaccinate all Americans.
Questions about vaccine equality arise in a new urgency amid an outbreak in the Southern Hemisphere, with officials including WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus accusing rich nations hoarding volumes. Officials in poor countries such as Ukraine have become increasingly alarmed as the international COVAX program has been slow to deliver drugs.
The vaccine diplomatic conversation is new for Blinken, who, among other notable trips to Kiev at other times, will be primarily concerned with grabbing Ukraine’s concerns about Russia. But the COVID-19 outbreak raises new concerns at diplomatic meetings as countries struggle to get first aid from the international Covid-19.
Ukrainian Access The COVID-19 vaccine is far from a certainty. The country is managed more than 750,000 doses. Until now The majority came from the 12 million doses of AstraZeneca sent by the Indian Institute of Serum in March. But local officials are in the process of hoarding 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 China’s Sinovac vaccine was given in March. Ukraine has also received an additional 16 million doses of the vaccine from COVAX.Kyiv recently signed a deal with Pfizer for 20 million doses, enough to vaccinate 10 million people. When to arrive