The archetypal 150,000 doses of a 500,000-dose batch of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine has arrived successful Moldova’s superior arsenic portion of a donation from the United States that volition assistance the erstwhile Soviet republic tackle the pandemic
July 12, 2021, 9:12 PM
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BUCHAREST -- The archetypal 150,000 doses of a planned 500,000-dose batch of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine arrived successful Moldova's superior Monday arsenic portion of a donation from the United States that volition assistance the erstwhile Soviet republic tackle the pandemic.
The U.S.-made J&J vaccine, which requires lone 1 dose for afloat protection, is portion of the U.N.-backed COVAX programme that is shipping coronavirus vaccines to mediocre countries to assistance combat the planetary pandemic.
After the vaccine arrived successful Chisinau, President Maia Sandu wrote online: “I impulse you to get vaccinated. The information of getting sick hasn’t passed yet, and beingness and wellness are priceless.”
Sandu thanked the U.S. for the donation and said the vaccine volition “help prevention lives” and “reduce the unit of the pandemic.”
Moldova, which is Europe's poorest federation landlocked betwixt Ukraine and Romania, has truthful acold administered much than 800,000 vaccine doses. But lone 313,000 radical person received the indispensable doses to beryllium afloat inoculated against the coronavirus — astir 11% of the country's 3.5 cardinal people.
The archetypal J&J batch arrived a time aft a drawback parliamentary elections successful Moldova that saw the pro-reform Party of Action and Solidarity decisively triumph with astir 53% of the votes, against 27% for its rival bloc of Communists and Socialists.
The pro-Western president said Moldovans “must mobilize” and “in solidarity, get vaccinated.”
The U.S. Embassy successful Moldova has said that it has truthful acold donated much than $4 cardinal (€3.3 million) of pandemic-related assistance to the tiny nation. Neighboring Romania has besides donated COVID-19 assistance to the country.
Since the pandemic began, Moldova has reported much than 257,000 coronavirus infections and much than 6,200 deaths from COVID-19.