Norway is delivering 452,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s corona vaccine to Nicaragua, Uganda, and Haiti through the Covax collaboration scheme.
“Several countries are now in the third wave of infection, and the pandemic is by no means over. In order to save lives, rich countries now must share vaccines,” Minister for Development Aid Dag-Inge Ulstein (KrF) noted.
Around 200,000 of the AstraZeneca doses have been returned by Sweden, which borrowed vaccines from Norway earlier this year. The rest are doses that Norway will not use.
On Wednesday, it became clear that Kosovo will receive the 182,900 AstraZeneca doses from the stock at the National Institute of Public Health (FHI).
France and Sweden join effort
France and Sweden have also decided to provide doses through the Covax collaboration.
“In the long run, Norway will share one dose per capita, and I hope we can come up with more such positive vaccine news through the summer. Many countries have promised to share vaccine doses, but only when these vaccines are put in the arms of health workers and people at risk in low-income countries can we say that the promises have been fulfilled,” Ulstein noted.
The AstraZeneca vaccine was removed from the Norwegian vaccination program on May 12 as a result of rare but serious blood clot cases.
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