16:25 30 Dec 2020

Poland can provide Ukraine 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working in Asian direction - Yenin

photo: RBC-Ukraine

Poland may hand over 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Ukraine, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Yevhen Yenin said.

Yenin stated this in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

"The Polish party has once again demonstrated its friendly attitude to the Ukrainian party by offering us a certain amount of vaccine. It is about one and a half million doses of vaccines that the Polish party could give to Ukraine after receiving the right amount of vaccines by Poland itself. Besides, we're negotiating through relevant international mechanisms to ensure mass vaccination and expect to receive about 8 million vaccines."

According to Deputy Minister, since mid-summer this year, the Foreign Ministry and foreign diplomatic missions have been actively working in the state potential vaccine manufacturers to establish direct contacts not only with the governments of these countries but also with owners of companies that developed vaccines at that time and has now developed them.

"The main responsible executive body on this issue is the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. We are very quick to inform our colleagues from the Ministry of Health about the possibility of starting negotiations. So far, with the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, our colleagues from the Ministry of Health have signed several NDAs. I am somewhat limited in naming the companies and countries with whom we're negotiating forward contracts for the supply of the vaccine," Yenin said.

He stressed that the geography of negotiations is not limited to Europe or America, and the Foreign Ministry is just as active in the Asian direction.

"We expect that real large-scale vaccination could begin in Ukraine by the end of the first half of next year," Yenin assumed.

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