Unicef provides 30 refrigerated vans to transport vaccines in Ukraine

Ukraine: The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) is donating 30 refrigerated vans to transport vaccines to Ukraine.

The first 10 vehicles were handed over by Unicef executive director Catherine M Russell during an official visit.

“Vaccines in Ukraine are transported and stored in strict compliance with the requirements specified by the manufacturer, despite the challenges to the health care system brought about by the full-scale invasion of Russia,” said Ukraine health minister Viktor Liashko. “The provided refrigerated vans are the next stage in the upgrade of the cold chain, which will allow us to quickly deliver vaccines to the regions that need them.”

The first pilot delivery of vaccines to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will begin shortly in the Lviv region.

In 2021, the Ministry of Health, in partnership with Unicef and with the support of the US Government and the World Bank, started an upgrade to the cold chain for transporting and storing of vaccines. Cold boxes, vaccine carriers, ice-packs, and temperature monitoring devices were delivered to Ukraine. This equipment is used for the transport and storage of Covid-19 vaccines and vaccines included in the national vaccination programme.