Uzbekistan TASHKENT, 13 October 2021 – Today the EU Ambassador to Uzbekistan, ambassadors of Germany, France, Italy, Romania and Latvia, and UNICEF and WHO Representatives in Uzbekistan, all visited a family polyclinic in the Kibray district of Tashkent region to observe COVID-19 vaccine administration.
“Because no one will be safe until everyone is safe, global cooperation and solidarity is paramount to effectively fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU is leading the multilateral response and is one of the largest contributors to COVAX mechanism to make sure no one is left behind,” said H. E. Charlotte Adriaen, EU Ambassador to Uzbekistan.
In addition to the financial contribution to Covax, the member states of the European Union have individually donated more than 882,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Uzbekistan. These doses will help achieve the facility’s aim to ensure 20 per cent coverage of participants as part of the first phase of allocation.
“As of today, 22,721,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Uzbekistan. We are grateful for the support provided in combating COVID-19. Only through common efforts can we stop the spread of disease and protect the population,” said Bakhodir Yusupaliev, head of the Service of Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare and Public Health of Uzbekistan.
Over 50 per cent of Uzbekistan’s eligible population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine as of the week ending Friday 8 October, thanks to the hard work of vaccinators and sanitary epidemiologists nationwide. However, only 20 per cent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated, meaning even more COVID-19 vaccine doses are required.
“Ensuring equitable access to vaccines requires continuous commitment, collaborative efforts and global solidarity. EU is one of the largest contributors to COVAX mechanism. Thanks to the generous donations of COVID-19 vaccine doses and significant financial contribution by the European Union and its member states, and other partners to the COVAX facility, we have been able to witness such solidarity in Uzbekistan,” said Munir Mammadzade, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan. “COVAX partners continue reminding us of the importance of redoubling efforts to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines everywhere,” he added.
Much more needs to be done to support COVID-19 vaccination and deployment in Uzbekistan. As the government and international community mobilize the doses needed to fight COVID-19, it is equally critical that communities are mobilized to use these vaccines, through addressing fears and vaccine hesitancy.
Mobilization of communities, including through social media and community networks, to generate strong vaccine demand and address misinformation and misperceptions that contribute to vaccine hesitancy, will remain one of the priority areas for UNICEF collaboration with national and international partners.