Israel denies reports of illegal vaccine transportation into Ukraine

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Canan Kevser
08 January 2021, 13:48
Canan Kevser
08 January 2021, 13:48

Some Ukrainian media outlets reported that a clinic in Kyiv had begun inoculating people, probably with the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, at a charge of up to 3,000 euros ($3,683) per dose.

The reports said the vaccine could have been brought in from Israel and that several top officials and business figures had been vaccinated.

Minister of Health’s Office of the State of Israel Yuli (Yoel) Edelstein on Thursday dismissed reports of any secret supplies of a Pfizer vaccine for Ukrainian official, claiming that a coronavirus vaccine could not have been smuggled from Israel to Ukraine.

“Vaccines require deep freezing. It’s impossible for anyone to transport them unnoticed,” he said.

The official added that Israel “did not intend to launch a formal investigation” into the case over the reports alleged in Ukrainian media.

As reported, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday instructed law enforcement officers to urgently check information about the alleged importation of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine into the country asserting that “there should be punishment for smuggling and counterfeiting.”

Also, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal instructed the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Internal Affairs to look into reports of secret vaccination of lawmakers with drugs of unknown origin in one of Kyiv’s private clinics.