Algeria receives 364,800 COVID-19 vaccine doses through the COVAX Facility
ALGIERS, Algeria, 03 April 2021 – Algeria received 364,800 COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped via the COVAX Facility, a partnership between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). The AstraZeneca vaccines will enable health workers and other priority populations vulnerable to COVID-19 to be protected against the virus.
UNICEF Representative, Dr Isselmou Boukhary, and WHO Representative, Dr NGUESSAN Bla François, took delivery of the vaccines in Algiers, together with the presence of Ministry of Foreign Affairs the and the Ministry of Health, the 364,800 doses which correspond to the first batch of 1,881,600 doses that Algeria will initially receive throughout 2021.
"The arrival of these doses of vaccine in Algeria, which correspond to the first allocation of 1,881,600 doses planned, is very encouraging news to finally see the beneficiaries who wish to be vaccinated in complete safety. We must work together to give priority to the people most at risk of serious illness and death in the country, in order to keep the promise of equitable access to vaccines against the new coronavirus” underlined Dr Isselmou Boukhary, Representative of UNICEF in Algeria.
COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is coled by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Gavi) and the World Health Organization (WHO) – working in partnership with UNICEF as key implementing partner, as well as civil society organizations, vaccine manufacturers, the World Bank, and others. In the Americas, the PAHO Revolving Fund is the recognized procurement agent for COVAX.
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Full COVAX News Note to Editors: https://www.who.int/initiatives/act-accelerator/covax/covax-news-note-to-editors
List of donor pledges to the Gavi COVAX AMC: https://www.gavi.org/sites/default/files/covid/covax/COVAX-AMC-Donors-Table.pdf