◊ Over half of a million doses of vaccines arrived to Moldova through COVAX and EU Civil Protection Mechanism and distributed already to vaccination points all around the country.
◊ Medical equipment, including lifesaving oxygen concentrators, pulse oximeters and artificial respiration fans valuing 1,4 million EUR have been provided to hospitals in the Republic of Moldova by the European Union, Germany and WHO as part of the “Solidarity for Health” initiative.
The Republic of Moldova is the first country in Europe to receive vaccines through COVAX facility. The European Union and its Member States, as Team Europe, are the largest contributor to the COVAX initiative up to date.
The arrival marked a crucial step towards the goal to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, in what will be the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history. The supply of the COVID-19 vaccine enabled immediately the National Public Health Agency to continue the provision of vaccines, free of charge, to priority groups, starting with frontline healthcare workers.
On the occasion of the delivery, Peter Michalko, EU Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova mentioned: “The European Union and its Member States have shown their continued support, in the Team Europe spirit, for the delivery of much needed vaccines to the Republic of Moldova. The COVAX platform, to which the EU and entire Team Europe are the largest contributors, continues vaccine deliveries. This lot will allow to vaccinate more persons and save more lives. Access to safe, effective and affordable vaccines is key in ending the pandemic.”
In parallel, the country continued to receive new signs of European solidarity – new nots of AstraZeneca vaccines have been shipped from Romania, through the Civi Protection Mechanism of the European Union. So far, the Republic of Moldova has received in total over 500 000 doses of Biontech/Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines offered by EU and its Member States through COVAX and EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
Also, on 18 May 2021, EU, Germany and WHO offered the Republic of Moldova a series of lots of medical equipment as part of the “Solidarity for Health” initiative. The donation consists in 1,6 million medical gloves, 300 000 FFP2 protective masks, oxygen concentrators, pulse oximeters, and tens of ventilators valuing over 1,4 million EUR.
About Team Europe
Team Europe approach emerged in the context of COVID-19 and was originally initiated as a way to mark European collective support to partner countries in response to the pandemic. It combines resources from the EU, its Member States and financial institutions, in particular the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.