Guyana y Surinam reciben 24 mil dosis de vacunas por el mecanismo COVAX

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Guyana receives 24,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from COVAX

Guyana on Monday received 24,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses through the COVAX Facility, a partnership between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The arrival marks a historic step towards ensuring equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, in the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history. This delivery is part of the first phase of deliveries for Guyana, with more vaccines expected to arrive successively during 2021.

According to the first round of COVAX allocations, Guyana is expected to continue receiving doses through May until it reaches 100,800, the amount specified by COVAX.

PAHO’s Revolving Fund, which is responsible for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines for the countries of the Americas under the COVAX Facility, shipped 24,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, manufactured by SK Bioscience of South Korea. The vaccines arrived Monday at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown.

“Seeing this arrival is very reassuring and it means that more people will be able to be protected from COVID-19,” said Dr. Luis Codina, PAHO/WHO Representative in Guyana.

“We will continue to work with the country to support vaccination along with the entire package of known public health and social measures that we know can help stop the spread of COVID-19, protect health services, and save lives.”

Guyana is one of ten countries in Latin America and the Caribbean that are receiving vaccines at no cost through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC). Guyana is the first AMC country in the Caribbean to receive the vaccines through COVAX.

“The Government of Guyana welcomes the arrival of vaccines from COVAX AMC. These vaccines will certainly help to expand the current vaccination efforts and assist in protecting many persons who are vulnerable to COVID-19. We will like to extend our gratitude to COVAX, PAHO/WHO, UNICEF and the UN family for their efforts in securing these vaccines for Guyana. These vaccines will definitely help to accelerate our efforts to reach herd immunity in a timely manner,” said Dr. Frank Anthony, Minister of Health of Guyana.

“The arrival of these vaccines and the future deliveries bring hope to families, especially children, who have suffered the consequences of the crisis caused by the pandemic, with profound impacts on education, mental health, protection and food security,” said Nicolas Pron, UNICEF Representative in Guyana.

“With these vaccines more people will be protected: a key step to making sure that no one is left behind and that we are building together a better future for children and their families.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the UN System in Guyana has worked with government, civil society, and other partners to identify and assist the needs of the population in responding to the health crisis and its socio-economic effects.

“Under the leadership of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the United Nations system has come together to help countries respond to the devastating global impact of COVID-19,” said Mikiko Tanaka, UN Resident Coordinator for Guyana. “COVAX is a hard-won global partnership to ensure no one is left behind in the path to recovery and SDGs.”

The first case of COVID-19 in Guyana was reported in March 2020. Since then, the country has confirmed 10,168 cases and 227 deaths as a result of infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes this disease, according to data from Guyana’s Ministry of Health as of March 28, 2021.

COVAX seeks to provide vaccines for at least 20% of the population of each participating country during 2021. In this first round of vaccine allocation, all COVAX participating countries will receive doses to vaccinate between 2.2 and 2.6% of their population.

The only exceptions are Small Island Developing States, which will receive an allocation of vaccines to cover between 16 and 20% of their population, due to the high logistical cost of delivering small quantities of vaccines.

Until vaccination is widespread among the population, basic public health measures remain the basis of the pandemic response. For public health authorities, this means continuing diagnostic testing, contact tracing, isolation, assisted quarantine, and quality care. And for individuals, it means continuing to practice physical distancing, hand hygiene, the use of masks, adequate ventilation of indoor environments, and avoidance of crowded spaces.

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.

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Eerste doses COVID-19-vaccins via COVAX-facility in Suriname

Suriname heeft een nieuwe partij ontvangen van het AstraZeneca vaccin. Deze lading, waarvoor het land heeft betaald, is gehaald vanuit de Covax-facillity, een wereldwijde inspanning die mede wordt geleid door ‘The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), The Gavi Vaccine Alliance, Unicef, de Wereldgezondheidsorganisatie (WHO) en de Pan-Amerikaanse gezondheidsorganisatie (PAHO). De vaccins zijn op 26 maart in het land aangekomen.

PAHO’s Revolving Fund, dat verantwoordelijk is voor het verwerven en leveren van COVID-19-vaccins namens de landen van de Amerika’s die deel uitmaken van de COVAX-Facility, heeft 24.000 doses verzonden van het AstraZeneca/Oxford-vaccin, geproduceerd door SK Bioscience uit Zuid-Korea. Het maakt deel uit van de eerste fase van leveringen voor Suriname. Naar verwachting zullen er dit jaar achtereenvolgens meer vaccins geleverd worden.

Volgens de eerste ronde van COVAX-toewijzingen zal Suriname naar verwachting tot de maand mei vaccins blijven ontvangen tot het de 79.200 doses bereikt heeft, het door COVAX gespecificeerde aantal. Eerder kreeg Suriname al 1000 doses als geste uit Barbados en nog eens 50.000 doses uit India.

“De levering van de eerste tranche vaccins via de COVAX-facility met de steun van de PAHO is een trots moment voor Suriname in de strijd tegen de COVID-19-pandemie. Het land zet zich in voor het veiligstellen van vaccins voor de bevolking van Suriname om de meest kwetsbaren te beschermen en sterfgevallen te verminderen,” zei Karen Lewis-Bell, PAHO/WHO-vertegenwoordiger in Suriname.

“We zullen blijven samenwerken met het land om vaccinatie en andere volksgezondheids- en sociale maatregelen te ondersteunen die de verspreiding van COVID-19 kunnen tegengaan, om gezondheidsdiensten te beschermen en om levens te redden,” voegde ze eraan toe.

“Met de komst van deze vaccins zal Suriname instaat zijn een groter aantal van de kwetsbare personen te vaccineren. We zijn erg blij om de vaccins te ontvangen en geloven dat het ons zal helpen ons doel om de ziekenhuisopnames en de sterfgevallen als gevolg van COVID-19 te minimaliseren, te bereiken,” zei Rakesh Gajadhar Sukul, waarnemend directeur van het Ministerie van Volksgezondheid in Suriname. Verder zei de waarnemend directeur dat het vaccinatieprogramma van het land wordt versterkt.

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