16:16 25 Jan 2021

Zelenskyi: vaccination program should include a plan for each region

photo: OPU

President Volodymyr Zelenskyi has given the task to present a detailed COVID-19 vaccination program in Ukraine as soon as possible.

The president said this at a meeting.

Denys Shmyhal reported that today over 66.3 thousand beds had been allocated for COVID-19 patients in hospitals, of which 55 thousand are provided with oxygen.

"Soon, the Ministry of Health will investigate the situation in the regions, and depending on the indicators, we will decide to introduce adaptive quarantine in certain areas. That is, we will return to the green, yellow, orange, and red zones," Shmyhal said.

According to him, these changes, if adopted, will take effect seven days after adoption.

Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov announced a decrease in the percentage of positive COVID-19 test results among all tested people: if earlier this figure was on average at 34-35%, now it's within 21%.

Negotiations for purchasing a vaccine are in the last stages.

They expect vaccination in Ukraine to begin in February. According to the Minister of Health, in the first stage, mobile teams will conduct it.

Zelenskyi stressed that the vaccination program in Ukraine should contain a detailed plan for each region.

"We need to determine the number of vaccines, clear timing of vaccination, a list of categories of the population that should be vaccinated first. The system of vaccine management and logistics should also be established, in particular, electronic systems for recording, fixing, vaccination sites, and distribution of supplies should be created," the President said.

In addition, the situation of those who've already become ill with COVID-19 should be analyzed to determine when this category of people should be vaccinated.

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