COVID-19 vaccine rollout strategy on track: PM

PROGRESS on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout strategy is well on track.

The Oversight Committee today has met with the COVAX National Coordinating Committee and the COVAX Technical Working Group.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his nationwide address today said the meeting is purposely to agree on a timeline, for the presentation of the COVID-19 Vaccine rollout strategy to Cabinet for its consideration.

“I am happy to inform the public that our initial application to cover the first 0.25 percent of our population had been submitted and received by GAVI. This first tranche of vaccines will be targeted to our front-liners,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the Government has committed to a vaccine coverage of 50% of the population through the GAVI facility, with the remaining 50% of the population to be secured through bilateral arrangements with our development partners.  

Prime Minister Sogavare has also applauded the commitments from our development partners in supporting our country’s COVID-19 vaccination roll out program.

Australia has announced a total of $14 million Australian dollars to assist Solomon Islands procure and distribute vaccines.

The Prime Minister also welcomed commitments by other countries including New Zealand and the People’s Republic of China.


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