President of Ukraine

The main response to COVID-19 is vaccination, not lockdown - President

9 March 2021 - 13:50

The main response to COVID-19 is vaccination, not lockdown - President

The issue of vaccination against COVID-19 in Ukraine and the situation with countering the spread of coronavirus were discussed at a traditional conference call chaired by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The Head of State stressed that our country needs to increase the pace of vaccination. To this end, he suggested involving mobile teams and resources of agencies other than the Ministry of Health, and responding more carefully to cases of disinformation about vaccination.

"The best answer to today's increase in COVID-19 cases is vaccination, not lockdown. This is the solution so that there is no greater increase in patients. We are approaching the middle of March, and we should provide more opportunities for people to receive the first doses of the vaccine, especially if they are working at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19," Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted.

Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov drew attention to the need for closer cooperation with the heads of regional state administrations. Minister of the Interior Arsen Avakov said that the agency had prepared 50 mobile teams to help conduct the vaccination.

"Adaptive quarantine is continued in Ukraine. The red level has been introduced in the regions with a significant spread of COVID-19. These are Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Zakarpattia and Zhytomyr regions. Also, almost 10 regions are in the orange zone and close to the red level,” Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal stressed.

The Ministry of Health reported a stabilization of the situation in Prykarpattia. Maksym Stepanov also added that he continues active negotiations for Ukraine to get a COVID-19 vaccine.