Sweden to donate half a million doses of updated COVID-19 vaccine to Ukraine

10:13 14 September Kyiv, Ukraine

Sweden has decided to donate more than 500,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Ukraine, the country's Foreign Ministry reports.

We are talking about an updated vaccine, that is, adapted to counteract the Omicron strain. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden noted that Ukraine is one of the first countries in the world outside the European Union to receive an updated vaccine.

When exactly the drug will arrive in Ukraine, they do not say. But they note that this decision was made in response to the request of Ukraine.
Pfizer and BionTECH begin clinical trials of a new version of their vaccine designed to protect against the Omicron variant in early 2022. The EU has already approved the use of this drug.

At the end of July, a new variety of the Omicron strain, BA.5, was discovered in the Chernivtsi region, which the WHO calls "concerning".