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2021.09.22 17:05

Lithuania to donate another 235,900 vaccine shots to Taiwan

BNS2021.09.22 17:05

The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday to donate another 235,900 doses of AstraZeneca's Vaxzevria vaccine to Taiwan.

The decision was made in response to an assistance request from Taipei's mission in Latvia, according to Health Minister Arūnas Dulkys.

“It's not a popular vaccine here, so we are able to [donate it],” he said.

The original plan was to send 234,000 vaccine shots to Taiwan, but the ministry added another 1,900 unused doses nearing their expiration.

“Taiwan is really keen to take all the vaccines we can give them,” Dulkys noted.

The minister said it is import to share vaccines, because only 35 percent of the world's population “at best” will have access to the jab by the end of the year.

Lithuania sent 20,000 AstraZeneca vaccine shots to Taiwan in July.

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