One year after the country’s first confirmed COVID-19 case, Georgia will receive a first batch of 43,200 doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine produced by the AstraZeneca-SKBio (Republic of Korea) via COVAX Facility. UNICEF is supporting the Government of Georgia in procuring these vaccines which are expected to arrive at the Tbilisi International Airport on 13 March, APA reports citing Unicef.org.
The vaccines will be distributed by the Government to all districts over the weekend and vaccinations are scheduled to start on 15 March. Administration of the vaccines will be based on the priority groups identified by the Government, with medical workers among the first priority group. The 43,200 doses will be fully utilized for the first dose. This decision was taken based on the information that the next delivery of 86,400 doses will take place in April and the recommended interval between the injections is 8 to 12 weeks.
In the coming weeks, Georgia will receive 129,600 doses from AstraZeneca. Recently, UNICEF has been asked to support the Government in procuring the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, with delivery expected later in March.