276,480 doses of Astra Zeneca vaccines donated to Uzbekistan by France through COVAX were delivered on Saturday, 14 August, at 7:00 am.
Delivery of these vaccines was arranged by UNICEF. This French donation to COVAX is part of the efforts of the #Team Europe in favor of this mechanism, which aims to provide concrete solidarity for the vaccination of the population.
The member states of the European Union have pledged to deliver nearly 200 million doses, and at least 100 million doses of European vaccines will be distributed from this year. The European Union and its member states are the second largest sponsors of the COVAX program.
In France, more than 2.6 million doses have already been delivered to 17 countries, and by mid-August, a total of 28 countries will receive more than 5.7 million doses through this mechanism, including Uzbekistan. On the occasion of the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, President of the Republic, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, pledged to donate 60 million vaccines by the end of 2021. These donations will include several types of vaccines that match the COVAX portfolio and are approved by WHO. In the French population, this represents a significant effort (60 million doses donated, compared with 73 million vaccine doses administered in France at the end of July).
As the President of the Republic and the EU authorities emphasized, international solidarity is needed to effectively combat the pandemic.
Together with WHO and UNICEF, France and the European Union are pleased to contribute to the vaccination campaign in Uzbekistan and strengthen the bonds of friendship and solidarity between our countries.