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Albania’s total stock of 90.000 jabs, rollout to continue with university professors

Latest update: 23/03/2021 - 11:28
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While Albania is still waiting for supplies from COVAX and Pfizer, the government confirmed a stock of 90.000 jabs that will serve to ramp up the vaccine rollout.

Around one-fourth of education staff has received at least one dose, while the campaign was extended today to include university professors. Immunization against COVID-19 requires the administration of two doses within a 3-week time frame.  

Prime Minister Edi Rama and the Minister of Health Ogerta Manastirliu were today at the Polytechnical University of Tirana to see from near the vaccination of 200 pedagogical staff.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Health, in ten weeks, 48.215 have been administered, of which:

  • 27,872 to health care personnel;
  • 7,932 to the elderly;
  • 12,411 education staff, – 30% of the overall education staff;

Euronews Albania sent an inquiry for further clarification over the figures of individuals that have received both jabs. The ministry’s press office responded that “35.904 persons have received only one dose, (74% of injections), while another 12.311 have received both doses”.

On Monday, Albania received 10.000 Sputnik V vaccines, a donation of the United Arab Emirates, while the health ministry said that this supply will be mainly to immunize elderly above the age of 80.

By early April, minister Manastirliu confirmed, the country will receive another supply from Pfizer as well as from COVAX. COVAX will most likely ship “60.000-80.000 AstraZeneca vaccines”.

Albania has made a down payment of $3.9 million to COVAX for 1 million vaccine doses meanwhile, authorities are in talks with the EU in order to benefit from an €11 million grant allocated for the vaccination campaign.

Besides COVAX, Albania ordered 500.000 doses from Pfizer through a bilateral contract with the company.