Malawi has received 119,040 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine through Covax facility as part of the first tranche of UK’s donation overseas.
This is the first tranche of the 100 million vaccines the Prime Minister pledged the UK would share within the next year at last month’s G7 in Cornwall, 80 million of which will go to COVAX, a scheme that ensures equitable, global access to Covid-19 vaccines.
The consignment arrived into Malawi on Saturday, 14 August 2021, through Kamuzu International Airport. Malawi’s Health Minister Hon Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda received the vaccines on behalf of the Malawi Government.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, British High Commission Charge d’Affaires, Fiona Ritchie, said:
Minister of Health, Hon Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda said:
UNICEF Malawi Acting Representative Tedla Damte said:
WHO Representative for Malawi, Dr. Nonhlanhla Dlamini said
The UK helped establish COVAX in 2020, providing a total of £548 million to fund vaccines for lower income countries. The scheme has delivered more than 152 million vaccine doses to over 137 countries and territories, including in 83 lower-middle income countries. Sixty- five per cent of the initial vaccine doses have been Oxford-AstraZeneca. COVAX aims to deliver 1.8 billion vaccines to lower-income countries around the world by early 2022.
The UK provided £90 million to support the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine: £25m on the initial research and development, and £65m to scale up manufacturing.