Ukraine inks deal with Pfizer for 10m coronavirus vaccine doses

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Ukraine signed a contract with Pfizer for the supply of 10 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced on Tuesday.

"I am deeply grateful to @AlbertBourla that after our conversation he kept his word and did everything to help the citizens of Ukraine in this difficult time of the pandemic," Zelenskiy wrote on Twitter, referring to the Pfizer chief executive.

Ukraine expects the entire volume of Pfizer vaccines to be delivered in 2021, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said in a separate statement, without providing further details, Reuters reported.

Ukraine has lagged behind other European countries and has so far relied on a single batch of 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from India received in late February and 215,000 Sinovac doses from China in late March.

More than 47,000 coronavirus patients were in hospitals, which can provide 67,000 beds with oxygen. Last Saturday Ukraine reported a new daily record of 20,341 cases and 5,186 people hospitalized.

Ukraine is tightening lockdown restrictions in the worst-hit areas.The capital Kiev imposed a strict lockdown from 5 April, restricting public transport and closing all schools and kindergarte

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