Poland donates COVID-19 vaccines to Kyrgyzstan
Poland has donated 55,200 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Kyrgyzstan to help it battle the coronavirus pandemic, officials have said. It is reported by Upmp.news with reference to Polskie radio.
The shipment reached the country’s capital Bishkek on Wednesday, the Polish foreign ministry said in a tweet.
It added that Kyrgyzstan was the second Central Asian country, after Uzbekistan, to receive aid from Poland in the last few months.
“Poland has adequate supplies of vaccines to meet domestic needs, but also to share with foreign partners in need,” the Polish foreign ministry said in a statement posted on its website.
It added that its vaccine donation was “a symbolic expression of support and solidarity with countries struggling with the pandemic.”
Last month, Poland shipped more than 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Egypt and over 400,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Taiwan.
The Polish foreign ministry said at the time that “depending on the epidemiological situation across the world, humanitarian needs, as well as our capacities and supplies, in the future we may donate more vaccine batches to other foreign partners in need, guided by the principle of solidarity, which is the cornerstone of the Polish government’s domestic and international policies.”
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison in mid-August thanked Poland for sharing 1 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines with his country “on a not-for-profit basis.”
The Polish prime minister’s top aide, Michał Dworczyk, said in the summer that the country had agreed to share its COVID-19 vaccine surplus with countries including Spain, Portugal, Norway and Ukraine.
Source: IAR, PAP, gov.pl