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UNICEF and the Ministry of Health bring a new consignment of measles vaccine to Ukraine

KYIV, 27 February 2018 - At the request of Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, the United Nations Children’s’ Fund (UNICEF) has facilitated a fast-track delivery of vaccines to respond to the current measles outbreak in the country. A total of 220,000 doses of vaccines against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), procured using the state budgetary resources, have arrived in the country and will be despatched to the regions.

Under the procurement plan, the next shipment was only scheduled for delivery to Ukraine in April. However, because of the current increase in vaccination coverage against measles among children and the consequent increase in vaccine usage, the Ministry of Health requested an expedited despatch of MMR vaccine to meet the current needs of the Government’s immunization programme resulting from the measles outbreak. Following successful negotiations between UNICEF and the vaccine manufacturer, the vaccine was delivered to Ukraine two months ahead of schedule.

The MMR vaccine used in Ukraine is Priorix, produced by Belgium manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline. This vaccine is registered in Ukraine and prequalified by WHO. It is also effective and safe, and provided free-of-charge by the Government.

In 2017, MMR routine vaccination coverage almost doubled in Ukraine: 93.3 per cent of children have received the first MMR dose at the age of one , while 90.7 per cent of children aged 6 have received the second dose.

The Ministry of Health and UNICEF urge parents all over Ukraine to vaccinate their children against measles, which is a dangerous disease, and urge doctors to encourage patients to vaccinate.



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