2021.07.28 16:00

Lithuania to donate AstraZeneca vaccines to Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia

BNS2021.07.28 16:00

Lithuania is donating thousands of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines to Ukraine, Moldova, and Armenia.

Back in May, the Lithuanian government decided to donate 200,000 vaccine doses to Eastern partnership countries.

On Wednesday, the Cabinet approved the donation of 131,000 dozes of AstraZeneca's Vaxzevria vaccine to Ukraine, instead of the initially planned 100,000 shots.

It more than doubled the number of vaccine doses to be sent to Moldova, from 11,000 to 26,500, and approved 27,500 shots for Armenia.

Health Minister Arūnas Dulkys told the cabinet that the jabs would be shipped out to Moldova next week. Georgia has already received 15,000 vaccines from Lithuania.

Dulkys confirmed that Lithuania could donate other vaccines, too, but this issue had yet to be resolved with the producers.

Lithuania is donating the vaccines in response to requests from those countries.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Health Ministry said that Lithuania had shipped out 20,000 AstraZeneca vaccines to Taiwan.

Lithuania currently has a stockpile of 207,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses, with new shipments arriving every week, according to the ministry.

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