This commitment is providing certainty of supply to our regional neighbours to help bring the pandemic to an end. The first deliveries of Australian doses have focussed on Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Fiji given recent outbreaks. The range of countries to receive these doses will be expanded as supply allows.
In addition to sharing Australian doses, Australia is partnering with UNICEF to procure and deliver additional COVID-19 vaccine doses for partner countries later this year. UNICEF’s role as the vaccine procurement agent for the United Nations and the COVAX Facility made them the ideal partner for this initiative.
This partnership is a key aspect of Australia’s $523 million regional vaccine initiative. But we are not just supplying vaccine doses, we are working through multilateral partners to ensure partner governments are prepared to store and administer vaccines safely into arms.
Banner Photo: A frontline worker receives a COVID-19 vaccine in Dili, Timor-Leste. Credit: Marie Stopes Timor-Leste.