Norway plans to donate five million vaccine doses through the international Covax collaboration. Now the first doses of AstraZeneca have arrived in Nicaragua and Uganda.
Norway has previously received a total of 452,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been withdrawn from the Norwegian vaccine program. It eventually decided that these will be donated to Nicaragua and Uganda, as well as Haiti.
Although the vaccine is not in use in Norway, it plays a central role in many other countries’ vaccine programs, including the United Kingdom.
“The Norwegian contribution is important to ensure that vaccination continues in countries with poor access to vaccines. Many low- and middle-income countries are dependent on Covax to gain faster access to vaccines against COVID-19,” Minister of Development Dag-Inge Ulstein (KrF) noted in a press release.
Through the UN initiative Covax, rich countries distribute multiple billion doses of the vaccines to 92 low- and middle-income countries. However, most doses will not be distributed until next year.
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