Almost 50% of companies will provide their employees with vaccination
On February 5, the European Business Association met with Mr. Maksym Stepanov, Minister of Health of Ukraine. During the meeting, we discussed topical public health issues that are on the agenda of business and society.
As a part of the event, we conducted an express survey on vaccination among business representatives. Thus, 74 % of respondents stated that they will vaccinate themselves, 12% are not ready for such a procedure, while 13% have not yet decided on their vaccination plans.
Almost half of the surveyed companies, namely 49%, express their readiness to provide the necessary conditions for the vaccination of their employees. Meanwhile, this issue remains open for 45% of companies. At the same time, 6% of companies do not plan to carry out an immunization procedure for their staff. We also asked a question about the “vaccination passports”. The results are 55% of respondents supported this initiative, 27% do not see the need for it, 18% have not yet formulated a final opinion.
Continuing the topic of vaccination, it was noted that in Ukraine the campaign for mass immunization against coronavirus will be implemented according to the Roadmap. This document envisages five stages of vaccination, which, according to optimal estimates, should be completed by the end of this year. In total, it is planned to use about 4,250 vaccination rooms and 572 mobile teams to logistically provide the maximum population with access to the vaccine.
At the end of January, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed a law on the state registration of medicines authorized for emergency medical use. Therefore, shortly, manufacturers are expected to provide the relevant documents, without which it is impossible to register the vaccine under the accelerated procedure. For reference, the Ministry of Health declared that it set the requirement of the COVID-19 vaccine efficiency at the level of 70%. Vaccines that do not meet this standard will not be considered for procurement.
Most vaccines, which are currently available in the world, require two doses of injection. To track the number of doses administered to each person, the Ministry will use the Information Portal on Vaccination, which is scheduled to be launched in mid-February. The portal will be linked to the state e-health system, where you will then be able to find the necessary information about the vaccination procedure. To develop an effective vaccination tracking tool, the Ministry of Health is actively consulting with representatives of the WHO, UNICEF, CDC.
There was also the discussion of more sectoral issues. Some of them were settled promptly by the MOH. For example, the Ministry of Health sent clarifications to the customs on the import of enteral nutrition and developed amendments to the relevant regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers at the EBA initiative.
Regarding the GMP confirmation, the Minister stated that the procedure could take up to 6 months, due to delays in addressing the authority’s comments on the documents. He also reminded that at the suggestion of the State Service of Ukraine on Medicines and Drug Control, amendments were made to enable remote compliance assessment of the medicines production conditions to the requirements of good manufacturing practice during the quarantine.
The business was also interested in the situation regarding the new procedure for the registration of disinfectants. Thus, the Roadmap for the updated procedure is now in the final stages of development. This document provides for three stages of implementation of the new registration procedure, namely: (1) harmonization of Resolution № 908 in terms of the formation of expert dossiers on disinfectants based on the analog procedure for medicines; (2) implementation of the European Directive; (3) creation of the Unified information portal for submission of registration applications.
We also talked about the procedure for managed entry agreements, which was recently adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers. Its further implementation will depend on the decision of the Verkhovna Rada, but it is expected that the first such agreement will be concluded in the second half of this year.
At the end of the meeting, Mr. Maksym Stepanov shared the priorities of the Ministry for 2021. These include establishing a medical technology assessment, developing the transplantation sector, developing strategies to reduce mortality from cardiovascular disease and oncology, extending the program of medical guarantees, and more. The Minister also shared his vision for the development of the public health sector, which is a matter of national security. First of all, the funds allocated for health care cannot be less than 6-7% of GDP. It is also desirable to gradually move from public funding to a personalized model based on compulsory social insurance.
The European Business Association sincerely thanks Mr. Maksym Stepanov and his team for their willingness to dialogue with the business!
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