President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said this in a video address to the participants in the All-Ukrainian Forum "Ukraine 30. Coronavirus: Challenges and Answers" on Monday, February 8, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
"I am convinced that all people on our continent belong to a single European family. We are united by history, culture and friendship. Now we have learned that we are also all connected by health. We will stop this pandemic only when we overcome the virus in all our countries. This is a common task for us, Europeans," von der Leyen said.
She recalled that since the beginning of the pandemic, the European Union has supported the Ukrainian people and sent urgent aid, including face masks and ventilators. The EU has allocated EUR 200 million to support Ukrainian business in the context of the lockdown, which was associated with the coronavirus crisis. Subsequently, the EU became an active participant in the global COVAX Facility.
Thanks to programs under the COVAX Facility, doctors and medical personnel in Ukraine will be able to receive the first vaccines this month. Millions more doses of the vaccine will arrive in Ukraine by summer.
On February 2, Deputy Health Minister, Chief State Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine Viktor Liashko said that Ukraine has a clear phased plan for vaccination against COVID-19, and that Ukraine will receive 117,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in February.
Ukraine expects to receive from 8 to 16 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine free of charge as part of the global COVAX initiative.
The Health Ministry plans to vaccinate 50% of the population of Ukraine in 2021-2022.