Ukraine received 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine on Feb. 23 and started using it the following day. It was the country’s first batch of COVID-19 vaccine.
A second shipment, containing 215,000 doses of China-made SinovacBiotech’s vaccine called CoronaVac, arrived on March 25. It hasn’t been used yet because it’s still pending approval from the Ukrainian government and the World Health Organization.
Kyiv authorities say they will close schools and kindergartens and restrict public transport from April 5, as the Ukrainian capital faces a dramatic rise in coronavirus infections and related deaths.
“We have no other option. Otherwise, there will be hundreds of deaths every day,” Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on March 31.
Starting next week, all schools and kindergartens will remain closed while Kyiv public transport will operate on special passenger passes for those working for critical infrastructure enterprises.
The Ukrainian capital has the highest infection rate in the country of 41 million people.