Timor-Leste receives first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine doses through COVAX

05 April 2021
Timor-Leste receives first shipment of  COVID-19 vaccine doses through COVAX1
UNICEF Timor-Leste/2021/Benevides

DILI, 5 APRIL 2021 – Timor-Leste received 24,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on 5 April 2021, the first consignment allocated through the COVAX Facility for 20 per cent of Timor-Leste’s population, which constitutes the priority group. 

The COVID-19 vaccine arrived at the Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport in Dili on Monday afternoon. The shipment also included syringes and safety disposal boxes for the vaccination campaign.

The shipment of vaccines was received on arrival by the H.E. Dra. Odete Maria Freitas Belo, Minister of Health representing the Prime Minister and in her role as Vice Chair of the Inter-Ministerial COVID-19 vaccine deployment committee; H.E. Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; Mr. Bonifacio Dos Reis, Vice Minister of Health; Bilal Durrani, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative; Dr.Arvind Mathur, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative; Dr.Virma Martins, President of the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG-TL); Mr. Roy Trivedy, UN Resident Coordinator; donors to the COVAX facility and UN Country Team.

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 key 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.

“Timor-Leste is experiencing the most-challenging time of the pandemic so far, and this shipment from COVAX offers people hope and demonstrates that we are committed to reducing the impact of this pandemic on people and communities. Together, we can turn the tide and gradually return to a sense of normalcy,” said Dra. Odete Maria Freitas Belo, Minister of Health. “The Ministry is grateful to the COVAX partners, all donors who have funded it, and partners such as WHO and UNICEF for their support in country readiness and delivery.” 

The doses received today through COVAX are allocated to the health care workers, front line workers and other essential and support personnel in the COVID-19 response. The distribution will be made in line with the prioritization criteria outlined in Timor-Leste’s National COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Plan. 

“Today marks the historic moment for which the Government and United Nations in Timor-Leste have been working so hard. I wish to thank the COVAX facility for its support, donors and partners that have made it possible for Timor-Leste to be allocated vaccines for its priority population. The first shipment from COVAX today is a step forward to ensure that the people of Timor-Leste, particularly the frontline responders, are not left behind for life-saving vaccines,” said UN Resident Coordinator Roy Trivedy. 

“This also showcases the UN system’s support to the national vaccination campaign through the support of WHO and UNICEF, who have contributed their expertise by helping develop the national plan, providing technical advice, and continue to help with all aspects of the vaccination programme in Timor-Leste.”

The COVAX Facility will announce subsequent allocations as vaccines become available for shipment. 

“Drawing on decades of vaccine procurement for the world, UNICEF is very proud to have brought in this first batch of COVID-19 vaccines which marks the beginning of the end of the acute phase of this pandemic so that we can start the work to build a better, safer, and healthier future for everyone, especially the children and young people of this nation”, said Bilal Durrani, UNICEF Representative in Timor-Leste. 

“The arrival of the vaccines today also showcases global solidarity in addressing one of the biggest challenges of our time. It shows the immense possibilities for reimagining a better future for children and their families in Timor-Leste by bringing together global expertise, the resources of donors for which we are grateful, and the leadership of the government”, he added.

The COVAX Facility aims to secure enough vaccines for 20 per cent of the population of every participating country, in order to help reduce mortality rates, protect health systems and resume critical services.

“We finally have the most crucial tool in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic – the vaccine. It comes at a time, when the country is witnessing with the rising number of cases. The vaccine will further consolidate our efforts to stop the spread of the disease. I want to thank the extraordinary initiative of COVAX, which has made the vaccines a reality for smaller countries like Timor-Leste. It also gives hope that despite all challenges, vaccine equity is possible and can be achieved if there is willingness among the stakeholders,” said Dr Arvind Mathur, WHO Representative to Timor-Leste. 

“Now that the vaccine is here, I appeal to the health workers, frontline workers and all those eligible to receive the vaccine in the first round of distribution to take the vaccine without any fear, it is safe and it will protect not only you but also your loved ones. This is the time to do your bit in the fight against this pandemic,” Dr Mathur added. 

Low and lower-middle income countries that have enrolled in the Advance Market Commitment (AMC) of the COVAX Facility do not pay for the 20 per cent of the doses they receive. 

For several months, COVAX partners have been supporting governments and partners around the world to prepare for this moment. In Timor-Leste, WHO and UNICEF have supported the development of the national vaccine deployment plan and an awareness raising campaign at national and subnational levels, while UNICEF has supported the cold chain strengthening.  UNICEF and WHO also supported training of health workers in the introduction and roll out of the vaccine, identification and enumeration of priority groups, vaccine transport and storage, vaccine administration and management of any side effects. 

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

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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.

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

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Timor-Leste simu remesa dahuluk doze sira vasina COVID-19 liu husi COVAX

Dili, 5 Abril 2021 – Timor-Leste simu ona vasina COVID-19 doze 24.000 iha 5 Abril 2021, remesa dahuluk aloka ona liu husi fasilidade COVAX pursentu 20 ba populasaun Timor-Leste, mak konstitui grupu prioritriu.

Vasina COVID-19 too iha Aeroportu Internasional Prezidente Nicolau Lobato iha Dili Segunda-feira lokraik. Remesa ne’e mós inklui seringa no kaixa deskarte seguransa sira ba kampaña vasinasaun.

COVAX, pilar vasina ba Aselerador Asesu Instrumentu COVID-19 (ACT), hanaran Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI), Gavi, Vaccine Alliance Gavi, no Organizasaun Mundial Saúde (OMS) – servisu parseria ho UNICEF hanesan parseiru xave, no mós organizasaun sosiedade sivil sira, fabrika vasina sira, Banku Mundial, no sira seluk. COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) alkansa ona resposta multilateral ba krizi pandemia sira, aproveita eis periensia ajensia multilateral sira, rekursu doador sira no kompromisu país reseptor sira, atu asesu ekitativu global ba vasina COVID-19. 

“Timor-Leste moris iha tempu dezafiador husi pandemia too ohin loron, no simu remesa ne’e husi COVAX hamusu povu nia esperansa no hatudu katak ita komprometidu atu reduz impaktu husi pandemia ne’e na populasaun no komunidade sira. Ita hamutuk, bele muda situasaun gradualmente nakfilak ba situasaun normal,” dehan Dra. Odete Maria Freitas Belo, Ministra Saúde. “Ministeriu agradese tebes ba parseita COVAX sira, doador sira hotu ne’ebe finansia ona, no parseiru sira mak hanesan OMS no UNICEF ba sira-nia apoiu iha país ne’e nia preparasaun no entrega.”

Doze sira ne’ebe simu ona husi COVAX alokadu on aba professional saude sira, profesional liña oin sira no esensial sira no apoia pesoal hodi hatan ba COVID-19. Distribuisaun sei halao tuir kriteria prioritizasaun Planu Implementasaun Vasina. 

“Ohin loron marka momentu istoriku id aba Timor-Leste hodi aloka ona vasina sira ba populasaun nia prioridade. COVAX-nia remesa dahuluk ohin loron mak pasu id aba oin atu garante katak populasaun Timor-Leste, partikularmente respondente liña oin sira, la husik hela ba kotuk ho vasina salva moris,” dehan Rezidente Kordenador ONU Roy Trivedy.

“Ne’e hatudu apoiusistema apoiu ONU-nian ba kampaña vasinasaun nasional liu husi apoiu OMS no UNICEF, ne’ebe kontribui ona sira-nia espertu hodi dezenvolve planu nasional, fornese konsellu tekniku, no kontinua ajuda ho aspetu hotu husi programa vasina iha Timor-Leste.”

Fasilidade COVAX sei anunsia alokasaun subsekuentemente vasina sira mai. 

“Bazeia ba decade akizisaun vasina ba mundu, UNICEF orgullu tebes hodi lorin vasina remesa dahuluk hosi COVAX ne’ebe marka inisiu hosi faze todan pandemia ne’e mak bele hahú servisu atu harii futuru diak-liu no seguru-liu, no saudavel-liu ba ema hotu, espesialmente ba labarik sira no foinsa’e iha nasaun ne’e,” dehan Bilal Durrani, Reprezentativa UNICEF iha Timor-Leste.

“Vasina mak ita simu ohin loron mós hatudu solidaridade global hodi rezolve ita-nia dezafiu boot iha momentu ida ne’e. Ne’e mós hatudu posibilidade boot ba reimajina future diak-liu ba labarik sira no sira-nia familia sira iha Timor-Leste liu husi lori mai hamutuk espertu sira, rekursu sira husi doador sira mak ita agradese, no governu-nia lideransa,” dehan Durrani.

Fasilidade COVAX nia objetivu atu asegura vasina pursentu 20 ba populasaun sira iha país ne’e, atu reduz taxa mortalidade, proteje sistema saude no hatutan servisu krítiku sira.

 “Ita finalmente iha instrument krusial iha ita-nia funu hasoru pandemia COVID-19 – mak vasina ne’e. Nia mai tuir tempu lolos, wainhira país ne’e hetan aumentu numeru kazu sira. Vasina ne’e sei konsolida ita nia esforsu sira hodi hapara propagasaun moras ne’e. Hau hakarak agradese ba inisiativa extraordinaria husi COVAX, ne’ebe halo vasina ne’e dispinivel ba país ki’ik sira hanesan Timor-Leste. Ne’e mós fó esperansa ba dezafiu sira hotu, igualdade vasina ne’e disponivel no bele hetan ona karik iha vontade entre parte interesadu sira,” dehan Dr. Arvind Mathur, Reprezentativu OMS iha Timor-Leste.

“Agora vasina iha ne’e ona, hau apela ba professional saude sira, ofisial liña oin sira no sira ne’ebe elejivel atu simu vasina ne’e iha ronde dahuluk husi distribuisaun atu simu vasina ne’e la ho tauk, ne’e sguru no sei proteje laos ita boot maibe mós ba sira ne’ebe mak ita hadomi. Ne’e momentu ida ita nia funu hasoru pandemia ne’e.” dehan Mathur.

País ho rendimentu ki’ik no mediu mak halo parte ba Advance Market Commitment (AMC) husi Fasilidade COVAX la selu ba doze pursentu 20 mak simu ona ne’e.

Ba fulan balu, parseiru COVAX sira apoia ona governu sira no parseiru sira iha mundu hodi prepara ba momentu ne’e. Iha Timor-Leste, OMS no UNICEF apoia dezenvolve ona planu dezenvolvimentu vasina no kampaña konsientizasaun nivel nasional no sub-nasional, UNICEF apoia fortalesimentu kadeia malirin. UNICEF no OMS mós apoia ona formasaun ba profesional saude sira ba introdusaun no implementasaun vasina, identifikasaun no inumerasaun grupu prioridade sira, transporte ba vasina no armazenamentu ba vasina, administrasaun vasina no jestaun ba efeitu kolateral sira. 

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.

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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.

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

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