UNICEF regrets that Ukraine did not use perfectly good life-saving measles rubella vaccines
UNICEF regrets that Ukraine did not use perfectly good life-saving measles rubella vaccines particularly as these vaccines were funded by donor money. As well millions of Ukrainian children and young adults remain vulnerable to another outbreak of the diseases as they are not immunized and therefore unprotected.
Regarding the Vaccine Disposal, UNICEF fully respects the accountability of the Government of Ukraine. We are aware that WHO has confirmed the pre-disposal conditions were in accordance with their guidelines. Given that the pre-disposal conditions were accepted by WHO, we expect that the government of Ukraine has undertaken all the necessary measures to make the process compliant with the international standards.
Currently, UNICEF is supporting Government of Ukraine to restore public trust in immunization, as this life saving practice became abandoned among many Ukrainian parents. We are particularly concerned about the lack of vaccine supply and low immunization coverage in Ukraine. Given the recent polio outbreak in Central Asia and Russia, the risk for Ukrainian children to be affected by such an infectious disease is very high. In this opportunity, we call for immediate actions for the Government of Ukraine to ensure the vaccine availability throughout the country and call all parents to immunize their children fully against vaccine preventable diseases.