A critical COVID-19 death rate is currently being recorded in the occupied territories of the Donetsk region. The corresponding information was released on the Information Resistance website, referring to a document addressed to Denis Pushilin, the head of the “Donetsk People’s Republic.”

According to this document, the increase in COVID-19 cases in the unrecognised, self-proclaimed “republic” in January 2021 (compared to December 2020) was +133%, and the increase in COVID-19 deaths over the same period totaled +131%.

A noteworthy fact in the document is that the COVID-19 death rate in the occupied areas of the Donetsk region is almost 9%, the highest figure in the world. At the same time, the COVID-19 death rate in the government-controlled territory of Ukraine is 1.9%, in the world – 2.2% on average.

Meanwhile, Head of UNICEF health programs in Ukraine Andrej Slavuckij said that Pfizer coronavirus vaccine was to be delivered to Ukraine in late February or early March.

As Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal assured on Friday, 19 February, the postponement of COVID-19 vaccines supply to the state will not significantly affect the vaccination of citizens.

“The Government and the Ministry of Health did their best to get [the vaccine] in February. Many countries, including the EU member states, have faced shifts in delivery timeline. The vaccination campaign is to start soon,” the Head of Government said.

As a reminder, in the beginning of February, Chief State Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine Viktor Liashko informed that Ukrainian citizens living in the temporarily occupied territories would be able to get coronavirus vaccinations in the 3rd stage of the mass campaign. He added that vaccinations are planned to be held in specialised points in Ukraine’s government-controlled territory.

Bohdan Marusyak

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