President Volodymyr Zelenskyy commissioned to present a detailed vaccination program against COVID-19 in Ukraine as soon as possible. The Head of State said this at a traditional conference call on preventing the spread of COVID-19.
During a meeting, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal reported that today there are 235.7 thousand active patients with coronavirus in Ukraine and 18.6 thousand occupied beds in medical institutions. In total, hospitals have more than 66.3 thousand beds for COVID-19 patients, 55 thousand of which are provided with oxygen.
"The figures we see today in the number of sick, hospitalized and recovered show that the increased quarantine was an effective measure. In the near future, 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 regions. That is, we’ll return to the green, yellow, orange and red zones," Denys 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 test results for COVID-19 among all tested people: if earlier this figure was on average at the level of 34-35%, now it is within 21%.
Negotiations for the purchase of a vaccine are in the final stages. The Ukrainian party positively assesses the results of the negotiations.
Vaccination in Ukraine is expected to begin in February. According to the Minister of Health, in the first stage it will be conducted by mobile teams.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that the vaccination program in Ukraine should have a detailed plan for each region.
"We need to determine the number of vaccines, clear timing of vaccination, the list of categories of the population to be vaccinated in the first place. The vaccine management and logistics system must also be set up, in particular, electronic systems for recording, vaccination sites and distribution of supplies,” the Head of State said.
In addition, the situation of those who have already recovered from COVID-19 should be analyzed to determine when this category of people should be vaccinated.