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Ukraine disapproves Russian COVID-19 vaccines

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On Friday, Ukraine’s parliament banned Russian made vaccine after approving the bill to hasten the approval of other vaccines.

The government is expecting 100,000 to 200,000 doses of Pfizer Inc and BioNTech vaccine in February.

No vaccine has yet been approved in Ukraine but authorities have repeatedly said Kyiv will not approve or use vaccines from Russia, with which Ukraine's ties are strained. 


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"I can say at once: You can be hysterical for a very long time, no one will register the Russian vaccine in the country,” said Ukraine’s Health Minister Maksym Stepanov.

The two countries have been at loggerheads since Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and involvement in a conflict in Ukraine's eastern Donbass region which Kyiv says has killed 14,000 people.

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