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The Ministry of Health of Ukraine did not rule out the purchase of the Russian vaccine against COVID-19

The head of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Maxim Stepanov, admitted the possibility of purchasing a vaccine against coronavirus in Russia, if it is approved by the World Health Organization, RIA Novosti reports.

According to him, at present, the department does not have confirmation from international organizations regarding the "effectiveness of this vaccine", as well as information that it has passed all stages of testing and is safe.

The minister said that if WHO confirms that the drug for COVID-19 has passed all stages of testing, as well as its safety, then the Ukrainian side "will talk about the purchase of any vaccine, not only Russian."

Earlier, the leader of the Ukrainian party Opposition Platform - For Life, Viktor Medvedchuk, during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that during his vacation in Crimea he was vaccinated with a Russian vaccine against coronavirus and asked to consider the possibility of supplying this drug to Ukraine.

Verkhovna Rada deputy Oleksandr Kachura called on the Ukrainian authorities to purchase the Russian vaccine. According to the parliamentarian, Kiev has no right to refuse the opportunity to “save even one human life” in Ukraine.

The press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that the conditions for the supply of the Russian vaccine against COVID-19 to Ukraine, if it takes place, will depend on the request of Kiev.

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