Sweden donates COVID-19 vaccines to Ukraine
The Swedish Government has today decided to donate more than 500 000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Ukraine.
Sweden’s donation is in response to a request from Ukraine last week for half a million doses. Ukraine will thus be one of the first countries in the world outside the EU to receive the new, updated vaccine.
Increased access to vaccines around the world saves lives, reduces the risk of mutations and is needed to end the pandemic. Sweden is one of the countries in the world, in terms of population, that has contributed most to global vaccine availability.
Only 36 per cent of Ukraine’s population has received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine that Sweden is now donating is intended as a booster for vulnerable groups that have received two doses. Even after the donation, there is enough of the updated vaccine to cover the needs of the entire adult population in Sweden.
Nearly 68 per cent of the world’s population have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Around four million doses are given daily around the world. A total of 12.6 billion doses have been administered. A vaccination drive is under way in low-income countries, where 21 per cent of the population has now received at least one vaccine dose .