The RA Ministry of Health informed when the first batch of coronavirus vaccine will be available.
"In order to control coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Republic of Armenia and, consequently, to improve the epidemic situation, it is considered important to obtain a vaccine against COVID-19. To this end, negotiations are underway with all possible parties, in particular vaccine manufacturers and international partners.
There is currently a special opportunity to get a COVID-19 vaccine. A joint procurement platform has been set up, coordinated by international partners through the COVAX FACILTY Foundation. The latter negotiates directly with vaccine manufacturers, helping to speed up the process, setting uniform vaccine prices, and supporting the guaranteed price and quantity of vaccines for the countries involved in the fund.
The Ministry of Health has signed an agreement with the COVAX FACILTY Foundation to purchase a vaccine against COVID-19. It is planned to buy about 600 thousand doses for about 300 thousand people in risk groups, two doses each. The total financial cost of purchasing the vaccine is approximately 6 million 330 thousand US dollars, the average cost of one dose is 10.55 US dollars, which may decrease as a result of negotiations.
The first batch of the vaccine (for 3% of the population) is expected to be delivered in 2021 as soon as possible, after licensing and authorizing the use of safe and effective vaccines.
"We expect that the implementation of coronavirus vaccinations in the Republic of Armenia will contribute to the reduction of the disease, the prevention of deaths and easing of the burden on the healthcare system", the statement reads.