Syrian government reported on the next shipment of the COVID-19 vaccines sent by Italy via the COVAX facility. Damascus authorities received 3,996,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 jabs on 26 of January.
Among others, Italy is donating doses to COVAX on top of the USD 470 million it has pledged to the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment, said Massimiliano D’Antuono, the Italian Chargé d’Affaires to Syria.
According to the Italian diplomat, this donation in particular will allow numerous people in Syria to access vaccines now when the world suffers from the new wave of omicron strain.
Last month, the Japanese government announced the decision to send approximately 150,000 doses of the coronavirus jabs manufactured in Japan, through the COVAX facility, to the people of Syria. For Japan, the move is a part of assistance to contribute to the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 in the war-torn Syria. These vaccines were airlifted from Japan to Syria on December 24th.
In February, the EU nations are so far the biggest donor of COVID-19 vaccines globally, having shared over 350 million doses for donation to countries around the world, via COVAX (around 300 million) and bilaterally (over 45 million), CGTN reports.