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UNICEF supplied two vaccines to Ukraine, six more coming

Customs hinder supplies of vaccines against rabies.

UNICEF supplied two vaccines to Ukraine, six more coming
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The UNICEF has supplied to Ukraine two vaccines under the international procurement procedure and six more vaccines are expected to be delivered soon, a medical expert of the UNICEF Kateryna Bulavinova told LB.ua on 30 June.

As LB.ua reported earlier, there was a hitch in the purchases because many vaccines that international organizations use have not been registered in Ukraine. To resolve this problem, the procedure for registration of vaccines through the State Expert Center has been simplified and reduced down to 7 days.

"We have supplied two vaccines that had been registered in Ukraine - against measles, rubella and paratyphoid by GSK and the vaccine against hepatitis B. Another vaccine that has been registered under a simplified procedure is a bivalent oral polio vaccine GSK. The agreed amount of the vaccine is ready for delivery," Bulavinova said

"In the meantime, we expect the Cabinet to amend its decree that determines the list of drugs for the procurement from special organizations. The MOH has filed these changes for the consideration by the Cabinet back in May. We are still awaiting for the respond," the expert says.

Another vaccine, which has quickly and successfully passed the registration procedure in Ukraine was the GSK vaccine from rabies. "At the personal request of the acting Health Minister Shafransky to speed up the process as of June 27 vaccine has been manufactured and is ready to be shipped to Ukraine," says Bulavinova.

"However, the customs have moved forward new requirements that delay the delivery," she complained.

Earlier, the acting health Minister Viktor Shafranskiy promised in a comment to LB.ua that the rabies vaccine will be supplied to Ukraine by 27 June.