Lithuania will donate 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to neighbouring nations within the Jap Partnership.
The initiative was introduced by Lithuanian Overseas Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis on Friday, who said that the Baltic nation was able to “share life-saving vaccines with our jap companions.”
“Right this moment, now we have a chance to show the Lithuanian solidarity,” he stated in a assertion.
“The vaccination course of in EU nations is quick and clean, however we’re not protected till our neighbours are additionally protected.”
Lithuania plans to allocate 100,000 vaccine doses to Ukraine, 15,000 to Georgia, and 11,000 to Moldova by September, with Vilnius offering “technical coordination” to make sure the primary doses arrive as quickly as potential.
The Overseas Ministry stated they might take into account the place to distribute the remaining vaccines “within the close to future”.
“Our companions want lots of vaccine doses, we hope that different EU member states will observe Lithuania’s instance,” stated Landsbergis.
The EU Jap Partnership affiliation programme additionally consists of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus.
The announcement was welcomed by the European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen, who tweeted her due to Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė.
“The EU stands by its mates and companions within the Jap Partnership,” stated von der Leyen.
Lithuania says their donation will contribute to the Group Europe package deal, designed to assist accomplice nations within the battle in opposition to the coronavirus pandemic and its penalties worldwide.
“Lithuania has persistently raised the problem of the necessity to facilitate entry to vaccines for jap companions inside EU codecs and appears ahead to working carefully with EU establishments in delivering these vaccines to jap companions,” the assertion learn.