The head of the political council of the Ukrainian parliamentary faction “Opposition Platform – for Life” Viktor Medvedchuk called Kiev’s refusal of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus a crime, reports RIA Novosti, citing an interview with the politician.
He noted that the production of the drug could begin in May-early June 2021, after which mass vaccination of Ukrainian citizens would start.
“People would start to get out of the restrictions that were introduced by quarantines, lockdowns and many other measures,” Medvedchuk said.
In his opinion, the country’s leadership should be held accountable “for these criminal acts in relation to the health and life of Ukrainian citizens.”
In early December Medvedchuk visited the Gamaleya Center in Moscow and discussed the use of Russian vaccine developments in Ukraine with the director of the center Alexander Gintsburg and the head of RDIF Kirill Dmitriev.
We will remind, in October, the head of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine Maxim Stepanov said that before the completion of the third stage of clinical trials, it is premature to talk about the purchase of the Russian vaccine “Sputnik V”.
In December, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky clarified that vaccination against coronavirus in the country should start in January 2021. It was also reported that Ukraine will receive more than 8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine free of charge as part of the COVAX project.