From: Die Morina van Uijtregt
Kosovo Applies to GAVI-COVAX for the Anti COVID-19 Vaccine

The Minister of Health of Kosovo, Armend Zemaj signed on Monday the application for the provision of an anti-COVID-19 vaccine in the GAVI-COVAX alliance.

“The official application in GAVI-COVAX does not mean that Kosovo will not use other ways to provide additional vaccines, as needed, except of 20% of vaccines that will be received free of charge (or about 360 thousand vaccines) from COVAX, with the aim of immunizing the most exposed and at-risk categories from COVID-19,” Zemaj wrote on Facebook.

Zemaj said that the aim is to vaccinate those most exposed to and at risk of COVID-19, such as health workers, the elderly and the chronically ill, service personnel involved in managing the COVID-19- related epidemiological situation.

“But also without excluding any category that should be vaccinated against COVID- 19, fulfilling the legal obligation,” he said.

COVAX is co-led by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and World Health Organization (WHO). Its aim is to accelerate the development and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines, and to guarantee fair and equitable access for every country in the world.

Kosovo is listed among the countries that will receive 20% of the COVID-19 vaccine for free through the global GAVI-COVAX alliance.