Latvia to donate vaccines to four countries

Latvia will donate tens of thousands of vaccines produced by AstraZeneca and Janssen against Covid-19 to Bangladesh, Moldova, Tunisia, and Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said February 1.

14,400 “Astra Zeneca” vaccines will be donated to Tunisia and 150,000 Janssen vaccines will be split between Bangladesh (50,000), Moldova (80,000), and Ukraine (20,000).

Vaccine recipients have been selected taking into account Latvia's foreign policy priorities – promoting stability in neighboring countries, ensuring the security interests of Latvia, and promoting cooperation with different regions in the world.

The European Union (EU) and its Member States have donated 383 million vaccines against Covid-19 (274 million doses delivered). 81% of the donations were made via the Covax mechanism and 19% were made bilaterally.

By January 31, 2022, Latvia has donated 473 070 doses of vaccines to the following countries: Albania (30,000), Benin (80,000), Egypt (115,000), Georgia (83,070), Kenya (55,200), Moldova (30,000), Tunisia (49,800) and Vietnam (30,000).

For donation through the Covax mechanism, Latvia has given 610,200 doses of Astra Zeneca and 105,000 Janssen vaccines. The 48,000 Astra Zeneca vaccines were delivered to Indonesia on January 11 this year. The next 84,000 doses of Astra Zeneca will be sent to Algeria.

The vaccine donation mechanism hopes to promote global vaccination and to support third countries in overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic.

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