Oman received 86,400 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through COVAX on Tuesday.
COVAX is a global initiative co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi (the Vaccines Alliance) and the World Health Organization, which works with governments and manufacturers to accelerate the development, production and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines around the world.
H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, said, “In line with the national strategy for the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, we are pleased to receive the new batch of COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca via the COVAX initiative. The delivery of this important shipment is part of a series of arrivals to continue the vaccination campaign. We are delighted to see positive outcomes as we continue to make COVID-19 vaccines available to the public.
Sameh Elfangary, country president for GCC and Pakistan, AstraZeneca, said, “I was delighted to see the arrival of further doses of COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca in Muscat. This is wonderful news for the people of Oman as vaccines remain the safest, most cost-effective protection against COVID-19 and are a powerful tool to address the pandemic and save lives around the world. On behalf of AstraZeneca, I would like to thank our partners at COVAX for making this possible. This milestone further demonstrates the value of governments, industry and others working together to fight against the pandemic.”
AstraZeneca said it has released 1bn doses of the vaccine for supply to over 170 countries and accounts for about two thirds of COVAX supply to date.