Second batch of 50,000 AstraZeneca shots arrives in Armenia

May 17, 2021 – 18:54 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The Ministry of Health of received a second batch of vaccine doses on Monday, May 17 morning through the COVAX Facility (CEPI, GAVI, UNICEF, WHO), with logistical support from UNICEF. The 50,400 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine will help to speed up the national vaccination program in Armenia as well as provide second doses for those who have already received a first course of AstraZeneca.

“To support vaccine deployment in Armenia, UNICEF leveraged its experience as the largest single vaccine buyer in the world to procure and deliver COVID-19 vaccine doses on behalf of COVAX Facility,” said Yuri Oksamitniy, UNICEF Representative in Armenia. “In addition, UNICEF works with the Ministry of Health to ensure that the country is ready to receive the vaccines by providing training for health workers to dispense them and through fostering trust in vaccines. UNICEF and the Ministry will also work together to ensure that appropriate cold-chain equipment is in place throughout Armenia.”

“One of WHO’s highest priorities as a co-leader of COVAX, is to ensure the quality, safety and efficacy of these COVID-19 vaccines. Within the joint initiative with the EU, we are committed to support the country with revision, development and adaptation of the vaccination guidelines for primary health care specialists. Through our technical assistance training and supervision, regional hubs are planned to be established with the goal to initiate educational sessions for all relevant staff in support of the National Immunization Programme in Armenia,” stated Egor Zaitsev, WHO Representative in Armenia.

Vaccination for Covid-19 is voluntary in Armenia and available for citizens and foreigners above the age of 18.

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