November 28, 2021

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Coronavirus: In Ukraine, nearly 300,000 people were vaccinated in one day

The number of infected people is growing significantly in the country.

In Ukraine, a record number of people were vaccinated against the new coronavirus in the last day. The growing interest of Ukrainians in vaccination is taking place at a time when the authorities have reintroduced anti-epidemic measures due to the significant increase in cases and associated deaths, AFP reported on Wednesday.

More than 291,000 people in Ukraine have been vaccinated in the past 24 hours. This is the largest number of people vaccinated in a single day since the nationwide vaccination campaign began in February.

Last week, more than 1.6 million Ukrainians were vaccinated against the coronavirus, much more than the nearly 906,000 who were vaccinated in the previous seven days.

At first, the Ukrainian authorities had trouble getting enough vaccines, and they also had trouble convincing Ukrainians to vaccinate at all. However, the increase in injuries and deaths, as well as the requirements to vaccinate the staff of schools, theaters or similar institutions, have convinced many in recent days that vaccination is necessary.

“Get vaccinated! This is the only way to prevent the rapid spread of the virus … and save lives,” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on the social network Telegram.

Local restrictions apply

The high number of diseases and deaths prompted local authorities to re-impose restrictions in areas with a bad epidemiological situation last week. From Saturday, for example, Ukrainians will have to prove themselves with a vaccination certificate when entering public places such as cinemas or theatres, according to AFP.

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Ukraine on Tuesday reported 734 new deaths linked to the coronavirus – the highest daily increase in deaths recorded in the country since the start of the pandemic.

Although three vaccines (from China’s AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Sinovac) are readily available to Ukraine’s 41 million residents, only about 18 percent of the population remains fully immunized, according to AFP.

In Ukraine, a total of more than 2.8 million cases and more than 65,000 related deaths have occurred since the beginning of the epidemic.