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Ukraine: Measles outbreak tops 3500 cases in January, Vaccines on the way

In a follow-up to a report on the measles outbreak in Ukraine,  the Ministry of Health of Ukraine (computer translated) puts the outbreak case tally at 3,554 in January– 1,165 adults and 2,389 children.

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The majority of cases were registered in Ivano-Frankivsk (804), Odesa (640), Zakarpattia (549), Chernivtsi (444) and Lviv (242) regions.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine announced today that a new shipment of 220,000 doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccines will arrive to Ukraine in late February 2018. The vaccines produced by GlaxoSmithKline (Belgium) will be delivered by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine and further distributed to the regions.

UNICEF was able to purchase an additional 1,097,600 doses of the MMR vaccine for Ukraine to respond to the current measles crisis.

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The delivery in February will be followed by two more dispatches later in spring. In fact, UNICEF will deliver 800,000 doses by the end of March, and 77, 600 doses in late May.

“We are grateful to our partners, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine, for the possibility of organizing a much needed delivery of MMR vaccines in the shortest time period. This shipment will enable us to address the ongoing measles outbreak in Ukraine. We see that some regions are gradually exhausting their vaccine stocks, and the Ministry of Health continues to re-distribute the available stock to the regions where the supplies are not sufficient”, said Volodymyr Kurpita, Director General of the Center for Public Health at the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

“UNICEF has been working with manufacturers of measles vaccines to ensure that the next consignment to Ukraine is received at the earliest possible time. With these additional and planned deliveries in pipeline, we are confident that Ukraine will not run out of measles vaccine, despite the increased demand created by this outbreak,” highlighted Laura Bill, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Ukraine.

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