The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, received on Tuesday the first dose of the vaccine against coronavirus, Covishield, a preparation from the University of Oxford and AstaZeneca produced at the Serum Institute of India.
“The vaccine will allow us to live again without restrictions“, wrote Zelensky on his Twitter account, which he accompanied with a photo of the vaccination.
The Ukrainian president specified that he received the first dose of the vaccine against coronavirus in the east of Ukraine, where he is traveling together with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.
“I did it at the border with our soldiers as commander-in-chief”, Zelensky pointed, who visits with the Belgian politician the area of operation of the Joint Forces (of Ukraine) in the Luhansk region.
Got vaccinated against #COVID19. Did this on the frontline with our soldiers as Supreme C-in-C. The same Oxford/AstraZeneca (Covishield) from India, which was delivered 1st to 🇺🇦 & received by millions of people in the world. Vaccine 💉 will let us live without restrictions again pic.twitter.com/1diLtuRmqK
– Vladimir Zelensky (@ZelenskyyUa) March 2, 2021
The mass vaccination campaign against covid-19 began in Ukraine on February 24.
Until now Ukraine has authorized vaccines Covishield and Pfizer.
More than 100,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine, about 2 million from China’s Sinovac, almost 4 million from AstraZeneca and 15 million doses of NovaVax, are expected to be supplied to Ukraine, which rejects Russian vaccines.
For now, more than 3,000 people have been vaccinated since the start of the vaccination campaign.
According to a recent survey, around 40% of Ukrainians are willing to get vaccinated if the inoculation is free.
The Ministry of Health hopes to vaccinate at least 21 million inhabitants, half of the population, starting with risk groups such as doctors, soldiers, teachers, police, people with a chronic disease and the elderly.
The head of the Health portfolio, Maxim Stepanov, was vaccinated on Monday with the preparation against covid manufactured in India, the same that the Ukrainian leader received today, in an act that was broadcast live on local television.
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