COVID-19 vaccination: Zelensky instructs to set up working group with UAE

COVID-19 vaccination: Zelensky instructs to set up working group with UAE

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has instructed the Foreign Ministry and the Health Ministry to create a joint working group to cooperate with the United Arab Emirates on vaccination against COVID-19.

This was discussed at a meeting between the Ukrainian president and the leadership of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Ukrinform reports with reference to the press service of the President's Office.

"Volodymyr Zelensky instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Ministry of Health to establish a joint working group for cooperation and exchange of experience with the Emirati side on issues related to vaccination against COVID-19," the statement reads.

During the meeting, the head of state was told about the measures taken in the UAE to counter the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, a significant increase in testing opportunities, security measures in hospitals and schools, vaccination strategies and the availability of vaccinations for the population that will get them free of charge.

Zelensky congratulated the leadership of the Dubai Health Authority on the successful results in counteracting the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted the common approaches in combating the spread of the disease.

The president spoke about the measures taken by Ukraine to counter the pandemic, and noted that our country produces many disinfectants.

"We helped many European countries at the beginning of the pandemic, we sent disinfectants. We sent our doctors to Italy," he said.

Zelensky stressed that Ukraine has one of the lowest mortality rates in Europe, but it is impossible to completely overcome the pandemic without the vaccine.

"We are to receive the first vaccines this month and start vaccinations. We signed the first contracts. And we would like to speed up the vaccination campaign," he said.

The leadership of the Dubai Health Authority invited the representatives of Ukraine to get acquainted with the process of vaccines’ storage and transportation in the UAE.

They also welcomed Zelensky’s initiative on the possibility of joint production of the vaccine by Ukraine and the UAE and expressed willingness to work in this direction.

As Ukrinform reported, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and First Lady Olena Zelenska were on an official visit to the United Arab Emirates on February 14-15. A number of bilateral documents were signed during the visit.


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