In mid-June, the government decided to donate a total of 800,000 doses of vaccine. The decision provided for 400,000 doses to be donated on a bilateral basis to the Eastern Partnership countries and 400,000 doses to be donated via the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access initiative (COVAX).
With today’s decision, the government clarified that the doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine donated via the COVAX mechanism will go to the countries located in sub-Saharan Africa. The countries of the region include Mali, where Estonia takes part in peacekeeping efforts, as well as Kenya and Uganda, where Estonia has projects in the field of development cooperation and digitalisation.
Estonia participates in all EU’s pre-emption agreements for vaccines, and as the amount of reserved vaccine doses exceeds the needs of the Estonian population, the remaining AstraZeneca vaccine doses are donated to the countries that have not yet received vaccine shipments or have reached shipments in very small quantities. The donation of vaccines is organised in cooperation between the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, and the Health Board.