Lithuania will donate 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to neighbouring nations within the Jap Partnership.
The initiative was introduced by Lithuanian International Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis on Friday, who acknowledged that the Baltic nation was able to “share life-saving vaccines with our jap companions.”
“Right now, we’ve a possibility to display the Lithuanian solidarity,” he mentioned in a assertion.
“The vaccination course of in EU nations is quick and clean, however we aren’t secure till our neighbours are additionally secure.”
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 attainable.
The International Ministry mentioned they’d think about the place to distribute the remaining vaccines “within the close to future”.
“Our companions want a number of vaccine doses, we hope that different EU member states will observe Lithuania’s instance,” mentioned 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 because of Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė.
“The EU stands by its associates and companions within the Jap Partnership,” mentioned von der Leyen.
Lithuania says their donation will contribute to the Group Europe bundle, designed to assist accomplice nations within the combat towards the coronavirus pandemic and its penalties worldwide.
“Lithuania has persistently raised the difficulty of the necessity to facilitate entry to vaccines for jap companions inside EU codecs and appears ahead to working intently with EU establishments in delivering these vaccines to jap companions,” the assertion learn.