Health ministry estimates Ukraine needs 12.5 million doses of vaccine against A (H1N1)

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Nov. 6, 2009, 3:47 p.m. | Ukraine — by Ukrainian News
The health ministry estimates that Ukraine requires 12.5 million doses of vaccine against the influenza A (H1N1) according toChief Sanitary Doctor Oleksandr Bilovol. «We have performed all the algorithms and priorities. Today, at least 12.5 million doses are needed to vaccinate our population,» he said.

According to him, people in the risk group (medical workers, pregnant women, and law enforcement workers) are the ones most in need of vaccination.

Bilovol said that two vaccines against pandemic influenza manufactured in Russia and Canada have been submitted to the health ministry for registration.
Bilovol added that a French-made vaccine is expected to be submitted for registration soon.
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Anonymous Nov. 6, 2009, 4:06 p.m.    

And the approval by the authorities will be granted after the flu is over..... (unless 'commissions' are paid?)

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Anonymous Nov. 6, 2009, 7:56 p.m.    

12.5 of 46 million people is approximately 27 % of Ukraine total population. Demography of Ukraine is:

0–14 years: 13.9% (male 3,277,905/female 3,106,012)

15–64 years: 70% (male 15,443,818/female 16,767,931)

65 years and over: 16.1% (male 2,489,235/female 4,909,386) (2008 est.)

We know from other countries that people with respitorial illnesses as well as elderly people are main risk groups for this flu.

However, given the fact that young healthy people die from this flu is concerning and therefor countries have vaccinated population in school age in order to get these who are most exposed due to being in schools with large crowds would be first to be infected. In this case it would require around half of the 0-14 and a third of the 15-64 group to be mandatory vaccinated, together with doctors, nurses, and teachers.

Covering onlt 27% of the population will not be enough as this statistics easily shows, it needs to be in excess of 35% - around 16 million doses.

In addition there is a need for tamiflu doses, which is needed to treat already infected people, and these numbers are totally under rated as seen in media so far.

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Anonymous Nov. 6, 2009, 8:01 p.m.    

Yes, and the challenge to distribute and to administer the vaccine will take months upon months given how Ukraine authorities work. In addition the corruption will make sure that more than 20% of the doses will miracelously just dissapear from arrival into the Ukraine and their final destinations in regional hospitals.

So there will unfortunately not be enough and not in time..

It is amazing irresponsible by Ukrainian leadership (all Ukrainian Politicians) to not have prepared for this given the size of the country and the challenges it has with logistics - they knew about this, they did nothing and try to give the impression they care about us - who can be fooled so easily?

Yes we are good enough for their votes - however not good enough to be taken care of?

Give the politicians the response to this, and vote for none of the above, and just tell them, we need more responsible politicians to take care of its people and future.

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