Almost Vt300 million from Australia for vaccine rollout

Australian High Commissioner Sarah deZoeten and Minister Bule formalizing the agreement yesterday

The Government of Australia is providing almost Vt300 million to support the vaccine rollout process in Vanuatu.

This was formalized in an agreement signed between the Minister of Health, Silas Bule and the Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Sarah deZoeten.

Minister Bule on behalf of the government and people of Vanuatu thanked Australia for providing the funds to facilitate the rollout of safe and effective vaccination of the first 20% of the population and hopefully for other 80% too.

In her response, the Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu congratulated the Vanuatu Government for its impressive responsive to keep the population safe against coronavirus so far.

“COVID-19 is a shared challenge for Australia and Vanuatu and we will find a solution only if we work together,” she said.

“We are very pleased to continue our strong partnership with the MoH.

“We are very happy to have worked with partners in the COVAX space and we look forward to engaging with you bilaterally as well to ensure we achieve complete vaccine coverage of Vanuatu’s population in the long run.”

She said this additional funding will bring Australia’s total support to Vanuatu under its health arrangement up to 11.9 million Australian dollars.

Vanuatu is expected to receive its first batch of 10,000 vaccine dozes soon for the first phase of the rollout plan.

The vaccine will be rolled out initially on Efate and its offshore islands to prioritised groups which include health workers, frontline workers, elderly or people aged 55 and over and people with existing medical conditions.

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