Ukraine will refuse to purchase the Chinese vaccine from Sinovac Biotech if the effectiveness of the drug is below 70 percent, or if it does not pass registration. This was stated by the head of the state enterprise “Medical Procurement” Arsen Zhumadilov, reports LB.ua.
“If the requirements are not met, the money is returned. The bank guarantee mechanism means that this will happen essentially automatically, not through the courts, ”he said.
Earlier it was reported that a petition appeared on the website of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asking him to buy the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. Ukrainians demand to instill it in everyone.
The conclusion of a contract for the supply of a Chinese vaccine against coronavirus became known earlier on December 30. The president’s office said that they are talking about the purchase of 1.8 million doses at a price of 504 hryvnia apiece. The transaction amount is 964 million hryvnia (2.5 billion rubles).
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that the contract was signed with an experienced vaccine manufacturer, negotiations with other reliable manufacturers are continuing. The delivery is not related to the COVAX mechanism, according to which Ukraine is guaranteed to receive 8 million doses free of charge.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba called the Russian coronavirus vaccine a hybrid weapon against Kiev.