A batch of coronavirus vaccine produced by Pfizer/BioNTech arrived in Kharkiv with violations of the cold chain. This was reported by Strana.ua.
The publication published footage showing a box with the drug inside, sealed with duct tape. The temperature inside when measured was around 10 degrees above zero. At the same time the manufacturer insists on a special temperature regime – from minus 60 to minus 80 degrees.
It is noted that the video was provided by the head of the National Medical Chamber of Ukraine Sergey Kravchenko. According to him, he was told about the violation by colleagues from the State Medical Service.
The publication specifies that the vaccine arrived in Ukraine without a special container, and no cold elements were found inside either. An internal tracker registered a plus temperature for a long period of time.
Kravchenko added that the decision on what to do with the tainted vaccine has not yet been made.
On July 12, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany would provide Ukraine with 1.5 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
On June 16, Ukraine extended the quarantine until the end of August. In regions in the epidemiological danger zone, there is a requirement to wear masks in public institutions, the occupancy of cinemas should not exceed 50% of the total capacity, and passengers in public transport should only travel in seating positions.
Vaccination in the country began on February 24. Ukraine has several vaccines against coronavirus infection – Covishield Oxford by AstraZeneca and CoronaVac by Sinovac Biotech. On April 18, a Pfizer vaccine began to be used in the country.