• Armenia has received new batch of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The vaccine has been manufactured by AstraZeneca.

The second batch of vaccine against COVID-19 has been delivered to Armenia. Manufactured by AstraZeneca, this batch carries 50,000 doses.

Yuri Oksamitniy, the UNICEF representative in Armenia, told media that United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) applied its practice by delivering COVID-19 vaccine doses on behalf of COVAX initiative in order to assist the vaccine deliveries in Armenia. He added that UNICEF was also cooperating with Armenian ministry of healthcare to ensure that as a country, Armenia would be prepared to get vaccines. UNICEF had also initiated the steps to train the healthcare specialists and strengthen the trust towards the vaccines.

To ensure the presence of respective frozen chain in the Republic, the Armenian ministry of healthcare and UNICEF are taking joint steps. World Health Organization (WHO) Representative Egor Zaitsev said that as one of the co-leading structures of COVAX initiative, WHO considered it as one of the priorities to ensure the quality, safety and efficiency of COVID-19 vaccines in many countries including Armenia. Within the frames of a joint project with the European Union (EU), WHO was ready to support Armenia to revise, develop and adapt the vaccination strategies for the primary healthcare specialists in the country.

Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, stated that the Team Europe was ready to ensure that all Armenian citizens needing vaccine would get it in any part of the country. Shombi Sharp, the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator for Armenia, told media that with the world fighting against coronavirus, the supply of large amount of vaccines would give hope to people in all countries for saving lives and returning to a normal life.

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