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25$ mln ADB grant approved for Tajiskistan for COVID-19 vaccines - P4H Network

25$ mln ADB grant approved for Tajiskistan for COVID-19 vaccines

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $ 25 million grant to help the Government of Tajikistan procure and implement COVID-19 vaccines and strengthen the country’s capacity to implement the vaccination program.

“COVID-19 vaccines save lives and are vital to accelerating economic recovery in Tajikistan and elsewhere,” said ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa. “Through this project and working closely with Tajikistan’s development partners, ADB is reaffirming its commitment to helping the country overcome the pandemic and restore normalcy as soon as possible.”

The project will support the implementation of Tajikistan’s National COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. It will finance the procurement and delivery of about 3 million doses of vaccine with safe disposal containers and syringes for more than 1.3 million people from priority groups, or about 14% of the population. The government intends to vaccinate about 62.5% of the total population – people over 18 years old.

The project will also finance international and national logistics to transport vaccines from the point of purchase to national, regional and district health facilities. ADB will engage the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as a procurement agent for the turnkey contract.

The project will strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Tajikistan to effectively manage the vaccination program and conduct awareness-raising campaigns and trainings taking into account gender and age factors. These activities will be coordinated with the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program to ensure the exchange of information and knowledge with other countries.