COVID-19 vaccine may appear on commercial market later than expected – Radutsky
The vaccine against coronavirus (COVID-19) may appear on the commercial market of Ukraine later than expected, Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Public Health, Medical Assistance and Medical Insurance Mykhailo Radutsky said.
"The minister [Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov] said that not earlier than summer, but I think that later. So far, manufacturers [of vaccines] have officially announced that they trade only with states. Having experience in the private medical business, I do not understand how the vaccine can appear on the private medical market," he told Interfax-Ukraine.
According to Radutsky, "there are a million people who want to import a vaccine for their money and start vaccinating in private clinics, but these attempts end in nothing, because all manufacturers ask for a letter from the government, and the government of Ukraine, like any other government, will not give such a letter."
At the same time, he said: "The number of vaccines that Ukraine has contracted is enough to meet the needs of the population."