Latvia’s donated ‘AstraZeneca’ vaccines will go to Tunisia on Wednesday

On Wednesday, July 28, 50,400 doses of AstraZeneca Vaxzevria vaccine will go to Latvia from Tunisia, which Latvia will donate to it, the National Health Service informed the portal Delfi (NVD) Inga Vasiljeva, Representative of the Vaccination Project Department.

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Vaccines to be sent to Tunisia will expire on 31 August. According to Vasiljeva, the other vaccines from this manufacturer expire on 31 October and 30 November.

Moderna vaccines expire in December and January 2022, while Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine stocks expire on October 31.

According to the data collected by the NSS on July 22, the amount of Covid-19 vaccine in Latvia is currently sufficient to ensure an intensive vaccination rate. As of July 22, there were 393,960 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech (“Comirnaty”), 100,300 doses of “Moderna” (“Spikevax”), and 198,460 doses of “AstraZeneca” (“Vaxzevria”) in Latvia. Delivery of Janssen vaccines is expected this week.

“We constantly monitor the storage temperature, expiration dates and dynamics of vaccine use. Vaccine supplies are flexibly adapted to demand, for example, AstraZeneca’s supplies are currently on hold. We have also requested the suspension of Pfizer vaccine supplies until the Latvian side a new order, and this in turn depends on the intensity of vaccination in the country, “said Armīns Kalniņš, logistics coordinator of the Vaccination Project Division of the NSS.

Of the total number of AstraZeneca vaccines available, 165,600 doses will be donated to Moldova, Albania, Tunisia and Kenya, where there is an acute shortage of the first and second doses of AstraZeneca vaccines, as decided by the Cabinet of Ministers.

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32,990 doses are reserved for the provision of maintenance vaccines to the population of Latvia, Vasiljeva pointed out.

It has already been reported that the government decided in early July donate 165,600 AstraZeneca vaccines against Covid-19 doses to Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Kenya and Albania, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (JV) informed.

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