Ukraine Dismisses Health Minister Over Poor Virus Response
Kiev, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th May, 2021 ) :The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday sacked Health Minister Maksym Stepanov after he was heavily criticised for his poor handling of the coronavirus crisis.
Prime Minister Denys Shmygal, who initiated Stepanov's sacking, told the parliament that Stepanov was responsible for the "unsatisfactory pace of vaccination" against Covid-19 and failures in vaccine procurement.
Ukraine launched its vaccination campaign in February, later than most European countries, and so far fewer than 950,000 people received a first dose.
Producers first dealt with demand in their own countries "before making deliveries abroad," he said in his defence.
Several charities also denounced the shortage of medical oxygen for patients in serious condition, accusing the government of failing to prepare the country for the second wave of the pandemic in autumn 2020.