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In this week’s issue: Contributions to WHO help countries slow transmission of COVID-19 with vaccines, masks and technology

COVID-19 is more likely to thrive and mutate in places with high transmission and low access to vaccines. The new Omicron variant appeared under such circumstances.

Every day, around the world, contributions to the WHO provide vaccines and other tools to slow the transmission of the virus and prevent new variants.

For example, Ethiopia has just launched a major vaccination campaign and the Islamic Republic of Iran has hosted a major vaccine delivery for Afghan refugees.

Cape Verde, meanwhile, has reached the global immunization target for 2021, joining several other African countries in meeting the WHO end-of-year target of immunizing 40 percent of their population.

Generous contributions have also equipped Belize with new electronic devices to better organize its immunization program, provided Zambia with a new supply of quality-assured face masks and delivered a new shipment of vaccines to Antigua and Barbuda.

Here are the details, from our regional and country WHO offices:

Ethiopia launches COVID-19 vaccination campaign for people 12 years and older

The country began a major vaccine rollout on November 16, involving 6.2 million doses of vaccine and 28,000 vaccine administrators.

The campaign is supported by UNICEF, AMREF, Resolve to Save Lives, Save the Children, PATH, USAID, Alive & Thrive, Clinton Health Access Initiative and Johns Hopkins University.

New vaccine shipments for Afghan refugees arrive in Tehran

The 1.6 million doses were provided as part of the COVAX humanitarian buffer, a process that equips countries with vaccines for vulnerable populations in humanitarian situations.

The large influx of refugees is expected to require more vaccine deliveries.

Cabo Verde meets WHO year-end vaccination target (over a month earlier)

The country of 556,000 has joined four other African countries – Seychelles, Mauritius, Morocco and Tunisia – in reaching the goal of immunizing 40 percent of its population by the end of this year.

“This is a significant achievement,” said Dr Daniel Kertesz, WHO Representative in Cabo Verde. “This shows that with enough vaccines, committed healthcare professionals, committed political leadership and the will of the people, great strides can be made against COVID-19. “

PAHO / WHO Belize Donates Computer Equipment to Strengthen COVID-19 Data Collection and Emergency Health Response in Belize

Laptops, tablets, printers and wireless routers provide Belize with the technology it needs to effectively deliver the country’s immunization program.

“I cannot stress how much these donations have helped the country of Belize… in the fight against the COVID-19 virus,” said Minister of Health and Welfare Michel Chebat. “Thank you to our PAHO / WHO partners for their continued support. “

Zambia receives donation of 924,000 surgical masks

In recent months, the Federal Republic of Germany’s Ministry of Health has made in-kind donations of surgical and medical masks to more than 100 countries.

Face masks are a key measure to suppress the transmission of COVID-19 and therefore help save lives, ”said Dr Nathan Bakyaita, WHO Representative in Zambia.

Antigua and Barbuda receives new vaccine shipment

The country welcomed the shipment in mid-November of 19,200 doses, provided by Spain with the support of Canada, and delivered via COVAX. The new shipment brings the number of COVAX doses the country has received to 60,000. Antigua and Barbuda has a population of approximately 98,000 people.

“This donation will help increase access to vaccines in Antigua and Barbuda and support national efforts to ensure the country can meet its immunization goals by any means possible. PAHO warmly welcomes the solidarity of Spain, ”said PAHO / WHO Representative Dr Yitades Gebre.

Find out how WHO is helping countries around the world strengthen their health systems to achieve health for all through a primary health care approach

Partners and donors recognized in this week’s article are Alive & Thrive, AMREF, Canada, CEPI, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Gavi, Germany, Johns Hopkins University, PATH, Resolve to Save Lives initiative, Save the Children, Spain, UNICEF and USAID.

WHO thanks all governments, organizations and individuals who have contributed to the COVID-19 response around the world since the start of the epidemic, and in particular those who have provided fully flexible contributions, to ensure a comprehensive response to the epidemic. sickness.

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Member States and other governments in 2021:

Australia, Belgium, Canada, Comoros, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lesotho, Malta, Mauritania, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Slovak Republic, Spain, United States of America, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom.

Other partners in 2021:

African Development Bank Group, African Reinsurance Company, Alma Jean Henry Charitable Trust, Ancash, Asian Development Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE), China Medical Board, Fund solidarity response COVID-19, European Commission (ECHO, NEAR, DG-INTPA), Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Fundacion MAPFRE, FYT, Gavi-The Vaccine Alliance, International Development Association (IDA), International Organization for migrations (OIM), Islamic Development Bank (BID), King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Kuwait Fund for Development, National Philanthropic Trust (NPT), Rockefeller Foundation, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Sony, Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, Task Force for Global Health (TFGH), The Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRCO), International Drug Purchasing Facility (UNITAID), United Nations Centr al Emergency Response Fund (CERF), United Nations Children’s Fund (UN ICEF), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) , United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA), United Nations World Food Program (WFP), Veolia Environnement Foundation, Vital Strategies, WHO Foundation, World Bank.

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