The supply of vaccines and the number of vaccinated people will increase this month. This was discussed at a conference call on preventing the spread of COVID-19 chaired by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
According to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, the growth rate of patients has slowed down. In particular, the situation in the Ivano-Frankivsk region is leveling off - more people are being discharged from hospitals than those being admitted.
"This means that with such dynamics being maintained in the near future, the region may be included in the orange zone," said the Prime Minister.
The Head of State asked how many vaccines would arrive in Ukraine this month. The Ministry of Health announced that the first deliveries under the COVAX program are expected in the middle of the month. A new batch of the Chinese drug Sinovac is also expected.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed the need to provide financial assistance to the business that suffered during the lockdown as soon as possible.
"Small and medium-sized businesses are an important component of the Ukrainian economy, and first of all, these are our people. Today, during a global pandemic, they no longer have anyone to rely on except for the state. And we - the state - must help and protect our people in this difficult time," the President stressed.
The Prime Minister said that the relevant ministries - the Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture, the Ministry of Digital Transformation, the Ministry of Social Policy - are currently actively developing regulations to help businesses and workers operating in the "red" regions.
"The government plans to approve all the necessary documents at the next meeting in order to start registration in the "Diia" application for the payment of UAH 8,000 next week," Denys Shmyhal said.
In addition, the Ministry of Health is developing an updated vaccination plan pursuant to the decision of the National Security and Defense Council.