Timor-Leste receives 100,620 doses of Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines from the United States for vaccination of children 12 to below 18 years

18 October 2021
Timor-Leste receives 100,620 doses of Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines from the United States for vaccination of children 12-18 years
UNICEF Timor-Leste/2021/Bbenevides

DILI, 18 October 2021 – Today, Timor-Leste received a total of 100,620 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines donated by the United States. The Pfizer BioNTech vaccines will be used to vaccinate children between 12 and below 18 years, in line with a decision for rolling out vaccinations for children in this age group by the Government of Timor-Leste.  

With a contribution of $4 billion toward vaccine procurement and delivery, the United States is the largest donor to the COVAX Facility.  

The batch of Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines were officially handed over by Tom Daley, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the U.S. Embassy in Timor-Leste, and UNICEF Country Representative, Bilal Durrani, to the Minister of Health, H.E. Dra.Odete Maria Frietas Belo, at a ceremony held at the SAMES Central Store in Dili. 

“This donation by the Government of the United States of America is critical in our push to vaccinate children between the ages of 12 and below 18 and protect them from the most severe impact of COVID-19,” says Dr. Odete Maria Frietas Belo, Minister of Health in Timor-Leste. “It would bolster the Government of Timor-Leste’s efforts to ensure as many people in the country are vaccinated against COVID-19 and reduce the impact of the disease on people and our health system.”

Also present at the event were World Health Organization Representative, Dr. Arvind Mathur, Roy Trivedy UN Resident Coordinator, and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the Ministry of Health.

COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) and the World Health Organization (WHO) – in partnership with UNICEF as the implementing partner, as well as civil society organisations, vaccine manufacturers, the World Bank, and others. The COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) is achieving a multilateral response to the pandemic crisis, leveraging the expertise of multilateral agencies, the resources of donors and the commitment of recipient counties, to support global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

“The United States stands with Timor-Leste as an enduring friend and partner as we work to combat COVID-19,” said U.S. Chargé d’affaires Tom Daley.  “Today’s shipment shows our support to the Government’s efforts to save lives in Timor-Leste – particularly for children 12 and older.  We are proud to make these vaccines available because it is the right thing to do to end this pandemic and jumpstart economic recovery.”  

The 100,620 doses handed over today by the US Government are part of COVID-19 vaccine doses allocated by the COVAX Facility to Timor-Leste.

COVAX partners have been supporting governments and partners around the world to prepare for and implement COVID-19 vaccination campaigns. In Timor-Leste, UNICEF and WHO are supporting the Government of Timor-Leste to implement the national vaccine deployment plan. 

The COVAX Facility and provision of vaccines are supported by generous funding from the Governments of Australia, Bhutan, Canada, Colombia, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Team Europe, United Kingdom, the United States of America and several other donors and institutions. 


ABOUT COVAX

COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is co-led 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 the key partner, as well as civil society organisations, vaccine manufacturers, the World Bank, and others. In the Americas, the PAHO Revolving Fund is the recognized procurement agent for COVAX.

The Advance Market Commitment is funded through the generosity of governments, private sector, philanthropic and multilateral partners, See the AMC donor table for a complete list of pledges. The AMC is an innovative financial mechanism to help secure global and equitable access for COVID-19 vaccines.

Notes to Editors
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
UNICEF COVAX page https://www.unicef.org/supply/covax-ensuring-global-equitable-access-covid-19-vaccines

 

For further information, please contact:

Ministry of Health:
Ivo Ireneu Da Conceicao Freitas, Head of Pillar 2, Ministry of Health COVID-19: ivoireneudcf@gmail.com
Raul Sarmento, Head of Protocol, Ministry of Health: raulsarmento2@gmail.com 

UNICEF
Rukshan Ratnam, Communication Specialist (English): rratnam@unicef.org; +670.77. 231.103.
Antonio Gomez, Communication Officer (Tetun): angomez@unicef.org; +670.77.232.441

WHO
Lisa Hasan, Communication Officer (English and Tetun): hasane@who.int; +670.77.099.494
Shobhan Singh, Communication Specialist (English and Tetun): singhsho@who.int.

UN Resident Coordinator’s Office
Ahmed Saleem, Communications Officer: mohammed.saleem@un.org ; +670-7409-3047

U.S. Embassy in Timor-Leste
Tim Johnson, Public Affairs Officer (English): JohnsonTA@state.gov;   +670 7719 3389 
Rosario Maia, Media Specialist (English and Tetun), MaiaRG@state.gov; +670 7790 8209

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Timor-Leste simu vasina Covid-19 Pfizer BioNTech doze 100,620 husi Estudus Unidus hodi vasina labarik sira tinan 12 to'o menus 18 

Dili, 18 Outubru 2021 – Ohin loron, Timor-Leste simu ona total vasina Covid-19 Pfizer BioNTech doze 100,620 doasaun husi Estadus Unidus. Vasina Pfizer BioNTech sei uza ba vasina labarik sira tinan entre 12 to 18 mai kraik, aliñadu ho desizaun Governu Timor-Leste ba implementasaun vasinasaun ba labarik sira grupu ne’e. 

Ho kontribuisaun dollar Amerikanu billaun $4 ba akizisaun no transportasaun vasina sira, Estadus Unidus mak doador bo’ot ba COVAX Facility. 

Lote vasina Covid-19 Pfizer BioNTech ofisialmente entrega ona husi Sr. Tom Daley, Enkaregadu asuntu sira Estadus Unidus nian iha Timor-Leste, no Reprezentativu UNICEF Bilal Durrani ba Ministra Saúde, Exelensia Dra. Odete Maria Freitas Belo iha serimonia ida mak halao iha Armazen Sentral SAMES iha Dili. 

“Doasaun husi Governu Estadus Unidus Amerika ne’e fundamental tebes ba ita nia esforsu hodi vasina labarik sira tinan 12 no 18 mai kraik no proteje sira husi impaktu Covid-19 mak todan,” dehan Dra. Odete Maria Freitas Belo, Ministra Saúde iha Timor-Leste. “Ne’e aumenta Governu Timor-Leste nia esforsu atu garante ema barak iha país ne’e simu vasina kontra Covid-19 no reduz impkatu ba ema moras no ita nia sistema saude.”

Marka prezensa mós iha eventu ne’e Reprezentativu Organizasaun Mundial Saúde (OMS), Dr. Arvin Mathur, Roy Trivedy, Kordenadoe Rezidente ONU, ofisial sira husi Ministeriu Negosiu Estranjeiru no Koperasaun no Ministeriu Saúde.

COVAX pilar vasina ba Aselerador ba Asesu feramentu Covid-19 (ACT sigla Inglés), hanaran kolideradu husi Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI sigla Inglés) Aliansa ba Vasina (GAVI sigla Inglés) no Organizasaun Mundian Saúde (OMS) – parseria ho UNICEF hanesan parseiru implementadora, nune’e mós organizasaun sosiedade sivil sira, fabrika vasina sira, Banku Mundial no sira seluk. COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC sigla Inglés) halo tuir resposta multilateral ba krizi pandemia, aumenta eisperiensia ajensia bilateral sira, rekursu doador sira, no kompromisu país reseptor sira hodi apoia asesu ekuitativu global ba vasina Covid-19.

“Estadus Unidus hamutuk ho Timor-Leste hanesan amigu ida no parseiru duradoura wainhira ami servisu hodi kombate hasoru Covid-19,” dehan Enkaregadu Asuntus Tom Daley. “Remesa ohin loron hatudu ami-nia apoiu ba Governu nia esforsu sira hodi salva moris iha Timor-Leste – partikularmente ba labarik sira husi tinan 12 ka liu. Ami orgullu hodi disponibiliza vasina sira tamba ne’e buat loos ida atu hapara pandemia ne’e no impulsiona rekuperasaun ekonomia.”  

Doze 100,620 ne’ebe entrega husi Governu Estadus Unidus hanesan parte doze sira vasina Covid-19 alokadu husi COVAX Facility ba Timor-Leste.

COVAX mak parseiru ida apoia hela ona governu sira iha mundu hodi prepara no implementa kampaña vasinasaun Covid-19. Iha Timor-Leste, UNICEF no OMS apoia hela ona Governu Timor-Leste ba implementasaun planu nasional ba vasinasaun. 

Fasilidade COVAX no provizaun vasina apoia ona husi jenerozidade finansiamentu husi Governu Australia, Bhutan, Canada, Colombia, Republika Korea, Kuwait, Monaco, New Zealand, Qatar, Saude Arabia, Singapore, Team Europe, United Kindom, Estadu Unidu Amerika no doador noinstituisaun lubuk lubuk ida.

KONA-BA COVAX

COVAX, pilar vasina sira husi Aselerador Instrumentu Asesu ba COVID-19 (ACT), hanran Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI), Gavi, Aliansa ba Vasiba Gavi no Organizasaun Mundial Saude (OMS) – servisu parseria hoUNICEF hanesan parseiru xave, no mós organizasaun sosiedade sivil sira, fabrika vasina sira, Banku Mundial, no sira seluk. Iha Amerika PAHO Revolving organiza akizisaun husi COVAX.


Advance Market Commitment finansia husi jenerozidade governu sira, setor privadu, parseiru filantrópiku multilateral sira, Haree AMC donor table atu hetan lista promesa kompletu sira. AMC ne’e mekanismu finaseiru ida hodi ajuda asegura sesu no ekuidade global ba vasina Cocid-19. 

Nota ba Editor sira

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
UNICEF COVAX page https://www.unicef.org/supply/covax-ensuring-global-equitable-access-covid-19-vaccines

 

Ba informasaun detallu favor kontaktu:

Ministeriu Saúde:
Ivo Ireneu Da Conceicao Freitas, Head of Pillar 2, Ministry of Health COVID-19: ivoireneudcf@gmail.com
Raul Sarmento, Head of Protocol, Ministry of Health: raulsarmento2@gmail.com 

UNICEF
Rukshan Ratnam, Communication Specialist (English): rratnam@unicef.org; +670.77. 231.103.
Antonio Gomez, Communication Officer (Tetun): angomez@unicef.org; +670.77.232.441

WHO
Lisa Hasan, Communication Officer (English and Tetun): hasane@who.int; +670.77.099.494
Shobhan Singh, Communication Specialist (English and Tetun): singhsho@who.int.

UN Resident Coordinator’s Office
Ahmed Saleem, Communications Officer: mohammed.saleem@un.org ; +670-7409-3047

U.S. Embassy in Timor-Leste
Tim Johnson, Public Affairs Officer (English): JohnsonTA@state.gov;   +670 7719 3389 
Rosario Maia, Media Specialist (English and Tetun), MaiaRG@state.gov; +670 7790 8209

Media contacts

Tapuwa Loreen Mutseyekwa
Advocacy and Communication Specialist
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +67077231103
Tel: +670 331 1297, Extension: 1820
Antonio Gomes
Communication Officer (Tetum)
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +670 7723 2441
Tel: +670 331 1300, Extension: 1821

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