On November 17, Denis Shmygal chaired a regular meeting of the Government, during which he said that the current statistics on the incidence of COVID-19 show that Ukraine has reached the level of a “plateau”. In almost all oblasts there is a decrease in the number of both new cases and hospitalizations. However, it is too early to raise the issue of abolishing the “red” level of epidemic danger. According to him, the situation with the pandemic was stabilized due to quarantine restrictions and vaccination.
During the meeting, the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine № 1201 “On Amendments to the List of Goods (Including Medicines, Medical Devices and / or Medical Equipment) Necessary for Implementing Measures to Prevent the Occurrence and Spread, Localization and Elimination of Outbreaks, Epidemics” was adopted. and pandemics of the acute respiratory disease COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the import of which into the customs territory of Ukraine and / or the supply of which in the customs territory of Ukraine are exempt from value added tax. We are talking about the exemption from value added tax (VAT) of equipment for the production of vaccines and medicines needed to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Prime Minister, this will allow Ukrainian companies to intensify the process of building their own production facilities, increase investment in research and development of vaccines and drugs from COVID-19. Instead, for the state it is an opportunity to meet the domestic need for the necessary drugs and not depend on the will of other countries or their supplies.
The Government has also increased payments for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 under agreements concluded between health care facilities and the National Health Service of Ukraine. Thus, from November 1, 2021, the global rate for medical institutions for the treatment of patients with coronavirus will increase to 634 thousand UAH. She will be paid for her medical staff, medical devices and medicines. Thus, the funding of “covi” hospitals increases by almost 15%.
In addition, the Government has allocated UAH 33 million for Donetsk and Odessa regions, of which:
almost UAH 25 million will be allocated for Donetsk region for additional purchase of 535 oxygen concentrators;
UAH 5.5 million will be allocated for the reconstruction and purchase of medical equipment for the infectious diseases department of the Anan’iv Multidisciplinary Hospital in the Odesa Region.
At the same time, D. Shmygal stressed that the main goal of the Government is to vaccinate the majority of the country’s adult population against COVID-19. Currently, this figure is just over 40%. The weekly rate of vaccinations remains at 1.5 million. In order to maintain such a high rate of vaccination and additional motivation of people to get vaccinated, it was decided to pay UAH 1,000 to all vaccinated citizens. This initiative of the President of Ukraine will support small and medium-sized businesses in Ukraine affected by the pandemic. In addition, it supports the sports and cultural development of Ukrainians. After all, these funds will be paid for virtual payment cards through the “Action” service and can be spent on tickets to cinemas, theaters, concerts, sports and travel to Ukraine by train or plane.
According to him, about 6 thousand businesses across the country will be able to participate in this program, which will work from December 19, 2021 and will run until the end of 2022. It is allocated 3 billion UAH in 2021 and 3 billion UAH at the beginning of 2022 with further expansion of funding.