IBRD to provide Ukraine with UAH 2.5B loan for COVID-19 vaccination campaign

IBRD to provide Ukraine with UAH 2.5B loan for COVID-19 vaccination campaign

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Ukraine will receive a loan of UAH 2.5 billion from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) for the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, according to Deputy Health Minister Svitlana Shatalova.

“The Ukrainian healthcare system receives an additional assistance of UAH 2.5 billion from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Yesterday, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the loan agreement proposed by the Ministry of Health as part of the project ‘Emergency Response to COVID-19 and Vaccination in Ukraine’. This document provides for the funds totaling UAH 840 million to purchase vaccines against COVID-19. In addition, the agreement provides for its logistics, purchase of equipment for its storage, cold-chain equipment, as well as trainings on waste disposal,” Shatalova said at a briefing, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.

In addition, according to her, additional equipment will be purchased to provide a cold chain for storing vaccines, which will replace refrigerators at vaccination points, and equipment for sequencing of virus strains.

Shatalova added that about UAH 900 million would be transferred to the general fund of the state budget.

As Ukrinform reported, the Cabinet of Ministers redistributed the budget of the Medical Guarantees Program for 2021, allocating UAH 6.5 billion for the purchase of vaccines against COVID-19.

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