Government of Turkmenistan and UNICEF have signed a five-year plan to procure vaccines and vaccine related equipment worth $83 million, according to the Monday press release issued by UNICEF.
The new Plan for 2021-2025 under the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Turkmenistan and UNICEF regarding the provision of procurement services was signed by the Minister of Healthcare and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan Nurmuhammet Amannepesov and the UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan Christine Weigand.
“I appreciate the Government of Turkmenistan’s efforts in sustaining nearly universal rates of vaccination, which is critical for children’s wellbeing and public health,” said Christine Weigand.
In 2019, three more vaccines were added to the country’s national immunization plan to prevent pneumococcal disease, rotavirus and Hepatitis A, making the routine immunization calendar in Turkmenistan fully in line with WHO recommendations.
Currently Turkmenistan expressed its willingness to participate in the global COVAX facility. COVAX is a global initiative aimed at working with vaccine manufacturers to provide countries all around the world with equitable access to safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19, once they are licensed and approved.
Since 2006, the procurement of vaccines and vaccine related supplies is fully financed by the Government, and UNICEF provides all related procurement services. UNICEF ensures that high-quality, low cost WHO-pre-qualified vaccines and safe injection and cold chain equipment are purchased and delivered to the country.