The 43,200 doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine has arrived in Georgia this morning.
UNICEF, which has supported the Government of Georgia in procuring the Covid-19 vaccines, announced that the plane has already landed at Tbilisi International Airport:
The airplane, carrying first batch of 43200 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, landed at TB International Airport. pic.twitter.com/t2BFwY70z1— UNICEF Georgia (@unicefgeorgia) March 13, 2021
Vaccination of priority groups, which includes medical workers, is scheduled to start on March 15 after vaccines will be distributed to all regions over the weekend, UNICEF reports.
Georgia received 43,200 doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine produced via COVAX Facility. UNICEF supported Govt in procuring these vaccines. Vaccinations process is scheduled to start on 15 March in priority groups identified by Govt, with Med. workers among the first prio group. pic.twitter.com/qxySFdNmAw— UNICEF Georgia (@unicefgeorgia) March 13, 2021
The 43,200 doses of vaccine will be ‘fully utilised for the first dose’.
This decision was taken based on the information that the next delivery of 86,400 doses will take place in April and the recommended interval between the injections is 8 to 12 weeks”, UNICEF said.
UNICEF has also been asked to support the government in procuring the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, with delivery expected later in March.
In total, Georgia will receive 129,600 doses of the vaccine from AstraZeneca. Photo: UNICEF Georgia/Facebook
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has announced as well that Georgia is expecting to receive the next doses of the COVID-19 vaccine 'in the nearest future'.
Glad to announce that we have received the first doses of the #AstraZeneca Vaccine, which will be administered to the healthcare workers. As we continue negotiations w/ various manufacturers, we are expecting to receive the next doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine in the nearest future pic.twitter.com/1OJCIIrkdv— Irakli Garibashvili (@GharibashviliGe) March 13, 2021
Hoping that 'immunisation of front-line health workers and vulnerable groups will allow a gradual return to normality' UNICEF Deputy Representative Amy Clancy said 'today is a historic day in Georgia'.
Children have been seriously impacted by the pandemic and we do hope that vaccination will contribute to safe and full access to the services they need. At the same time, we need to continue compliance with prevention measures such as handwashing, physical distancing and the use of masks”, she said.
Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe has earlier stated that Georgia is becoming the fourth country in the region to receive vaccines via Covax.
Georgia ???????? is about to become the 4th country in the @WHO_Europe Region, to receive ????vaccines through #COVAX. I just met up with @EvaUNICEF as the ✈️shipment was being prepared by @UNICEFSupply #Solidarity #TeamEurope @eu_near @euneighbours @CEPIvaccines @gavi pic.twitter.com/iMgXF52EO6— Hans Kluge (@hans_kluge) March 12, 2021
Meanwhile, Eva Kadilli, Director of UNICEF Supply Division has thanked Kluge for 'close collaboration'.
Pleased to welcome @WHO_Europe Regional Director to the @UNICEFSupply Global Supply Hub and discuss the first #COVAX shipments to #EURO countries, including #Moldova????????, #Georgia???????? and #Albania????????. Thank you for the close collaboration @hans_kluge! pic.twitter.com/tywgJ8OFql— Eva Kadilli (@EvaUNICEF) March 12, 2021
As of now Georgia has confirmed a total of 274,377 cases of coronavirus, including 267,764 recoveries and 3,634 deaths.