“On 18 July 2021, more than 2 million doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the American company Moderna were delivered to Ukraine. This batch of vaccines is donated by the US Government through the global COVAX Facility,” informs UNICEF Ukraine.
The Ministry of Health of Ukraine states that the Moderna vaccines will be used by mobile brigades for vaccination of professional groups of 50 people each.
“Overall, 120,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine were distributed to Kharkiv region. On July 20, the first batch of Moderna comprising 60,000 doses for the first vaccination arrived at the Kharkiv regional pharmacy warehouse. The region expects another 60,000 for a second vaccination within three weeks,” informs the Kharkiv Regional State Administration.
Two doses of this vaccine are needed within 28 days apart to be fully vaccinated.
As explained at the regional pharmacy warehouse, unopened vials containing the vaccine can be stored in the refrigerator, protected from light, at temperatures from 2 °C to 8 °C for up to 30 days. During this period, no more than 12 hours can be allocated for transportation. After thawing, the vaccine should not be re-frozen.
After removing from the refrigerator, unopened vials can be stored between 8 °C and 25°C for up to 24 hours.
The storage and logistics of mRNA vaccines received from COVAX, in compliance with the correct cold storage chain in Ukraine, are provided by the United States Agency for International Development USAID.
Earlier, Ukraine received 1,064,700 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 1,072,800 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine through COVAX.
According to the Kharkiv Regional State Administration’s official, 256,627 people have been vaccinated in Kharkiv region, in total, 92,431 people have already received two doses as of the end of July. There are 160 vaccination points and 51 mobile brigades in the region.
On July 25, the first 300 Kharkivites were vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine.
Text: Natalia Ivanova
Photo: Kharkiv Regional State Administration