The ambassadors of the European Union, Spain, France and Germany received in Tegucigalpa on Tuesday, 4th May, the second batch of AstraZeneca vaccines for Honduras donated by the COVAX mechanism. President of the Republic Juan Orlando Hernández, Foreign Minister Lisandro Rosales, as well as the UN Resident Coordinator Alice Shackelford were also present. The new 189,600 doses will help to vaccinate all health personnel in the country, which is facing a new outbreak of COVID-19. The first batch of 48,000 doses of AstraZeneca arrived on 13 March, and other batches will follow in the near future to cover up to 20% of the Honduran population according to the plan.
So far, most of the anti-COVID vaccines that have been applied in Honduras come from COVAX (100% AstraZeneca), followed by Sputnik V purchased by the Government. COVAX is a global platform that aims to ensure equitable access to the coronavirus vaccine. It is co-led by the GAVI Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and the World Health Organization. The European Union and its Member States participate in COVAX with more than 2.6 billion dollars, being the largest donor.