To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support his Department is offering Ukraine to (a) help it tackle and (b) facilitate a recovery from the covid-19 pandemic.
22 February 2021
Ukraine and the UK face a shared struggle against COVID-19. We recognise the importance of supporting Ukraine, given the additional challenges it faces as a result of Russian aggression. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have provided support to maximise the effectiveness of government public communications on COVID-19, legislative assistance to the Ministry of Health, and adapted our humanitarian aid to respond to acute needs in the East. We are also working with civil society organisations to enhance oversight of Covid-19 procurement, ensuring that public funds are used to maximum effect to secure PPE, medicines, and now vaccines. UK programme support in financial year 2021/2 will be adapted to ensure that Covid-19 recovery is assisted by our work supporting Ukraine's defence, economic development, governance reforms and humanitarian needs.
The UK has committed £548 million to the COVAX Advanced Market Commitment (AMC) - the international initiative to support global equitable access to vaccines, of which the UK is one of the largest bilateral donors. Our commitment will contribute to the supply of at least 1.3 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines in 2021 for up to 92 low and middle-income countries, including Ukraine, with their delivery to start shortly.