Ukraine received over 500,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine against the Omicron strain

15:40 04 October Kyiv, Ukraine

Ukraine has received more than 500,000 doses of vaccine against the Omicron coronavirus strain from Pfizer/BioNTech from Sweden, the Ministry of Health reports.

This vaccine is intended to be used as a booster for those who have already completed their primary COVID-19 vaccination course with any of the approved products.

The vaccine was delivered to most regions of Ukraine: Ternopil, Rivne, Khmelnytsky, Zhytomyr, Dnipropetrovsk and other regions. In particular, almost 6,000 doses of the vaccine will be delivered to the Donetsk region. So far, this drug has not been delivered to the Kyiv region or Kyiv.
"Ukraine has become one of the first countries in the world outside the EU to receive an updated vaccine," said Chief Sanitary Doctor Igor Kuzin.
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.

In mid-September 2022, it became known that Sweden would transfer more than 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech to Ukraine.

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".