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World Health announces the arrival of Corona vaccines in Afghanistan as part of the Kovacs initiative

Afghanistan today received doses of the Coronavirus vaccine, shipped through the COVAX Initiative, a partnership between the Alliance for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, CEPI, the Gavi Foundation, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

The World Health Organization said in a statement today, that this is a historic step towards the goal of ensuring a fair distribution of Corona vaccines worldwide, as it will be the largest purchase and supply of vaccines in history, as 468 thousand doses of COVISHIELD were shipped from the Indian Serum Institute. , In Mumbai.

The organization added: Afghanistan is the first country in Central Asia to receive the vaccine through the COVAX initiative, which is scheduled to provide at least two billion doses of Corona vaccines by the end of 2021.

She emphasized that the arrival of the first COVAX doses is a major milestone, and the Gavi Foundation looks forward to continuing our cooperation with the people of Afghanistan, and partners to ensure the smooth and equitable distribution of vaccines to those who need it most.

"This is a great day for the people of Afghanistan," said Shima Sen Gupta, Acting UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan, "The imminent deployment of the COVAX vaccine means that about 234,000 people, including teachers, will be better protected from the ravages of the Coronavirus." Especially that the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Education have listed teachers as a priority for this wave of vaccines before returning to school on March 21st.

Dr. David Lai, in charge of the World Health Organization, said, "The Corona vaccine is a big step forward in our fight against the epidemic. Ensuring the quality, safety and effectiveness of the vaccine has been among the top priorities of the World Health Organization," adding, "Afghanistan will need continuous support from the international community to ensure that it is not left behind The country already hit by decades of conflict and insecurity is in the race to end the Coronavirus pandemic.

The organization said, as vaccines begin to spread around the world, they must continue with proven public health measures, as it is also important to expand access to rapid diagnostics and treatments, such as oxygen and dexamethasone, and countries must also continue to implement tried and tested measures. To prevent and successfully control transmission, such as physical spacing, masks, ventilation and hand hygiene, along with robust testing, tracking, isolation and treatment programs.

The COVAX initiative has created a variety of vaccines suitable for a range of settings and populations, and is on track to achieve its goal of delivering at least two billion doses of vaccine to participating countries around the world in 2021, with funded doses to 92 participants in a facility. COVAX from Low Income Countries with support from the Gavi Foundation

The organization confirmed that the Kovacs initiative is jointly led by the Alliance for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the Gavi Foundation, the Vaccine Alliance, and the World Health Organization, which works in partnership with UNICEF as the main implementing partner, as well as civil society organizations, vaccine manufacturers, the World Bank, and others. .

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