New Zealand donates 216,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, and 2,000 vaccine carriers to support PNG’s response
Joint Press Release
PORT MORESBY: 22MARCH 2022 - Papua New Guinea received another donation of 216,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines, and 2,000 vaccine carriers this month from the Government of New Zealand to support the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The J&J vaccines and vaccine carriers that arrived on the 8th and 10th of March will be distributed across the country in the coming weeks to support the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination rollout program. The 2,000 vaccine carriers will help health workers to conduct outreach and mobile vaccination sessions in more than 800 health facilities in the 22 provinces that are providing immunisation services.
UNICEF facilitated the procurement of these vaccines and vaccine carriers in collaboration with the Government of New Zealand through COVAX, a global partnership designed to make sure that safe and effective vaccines are available and accessible to as many people as possible.
“COVID-19 is unlike anything we have ever seen before. It is difficult to predict what will happen next, but the best we can do is keep our guards up by ensuring that people have access to vaccines. I express UNICEF’s deep gratitude to the Government of New Zealand for their generous contribution that will help prevent and minimize COVID-19 risks and even death in the country,’’ said UNICEF Representative, Dr Claudes Kamenga.
The Government of New Zealand has supported Papua New Guinea’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including vaccines, with donations of:
- 146,400 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine through Gavi/COVAX
- 216,000 doses of J&J vaccine through Gavi/COVAX
- 1.07 million injection devices & safety boxes
- 420,000 pieces of PPE and 200,000 waste management bags for the vaccination team
- 30,520 bottles of hand sanitizers for vaccination teams
To date, UNICEF has also supported the distribution of the above AZ vaccines and logistics to all 22 provinces in the country.
New Zealand High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Phillip Taula said, “as one of the first countries to donate funds and vaccines to COVAX, New Zealand is committed to ensuring equity of access to vaccines around the world. No one is safe from this virus until we all are, and our contribution to vaccines in Papua New Guinea helps ensure that people are able to protect themselves and their families against COVID-19”.
Generous support like this provided by the Government of New Zealand and other donors through ongoing partnerships with UNICEF are helping to strengthen the country’s health system and ensure the COVID-19 vaccines reach eligible Papua New Guineans.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Papua New Guinea, visit https://www.unicef.org/png/