Franz Fayot, Luxembourg's Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, during the packaging of vaccines; Credit: MAEE

The Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs of Luxembourg's Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs has announced that it is sending 56,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 to Cape Verde.

In accordance with the Luxembourg Government's decision to donate a total of 350,000 vaccines to support the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs is providing Cape Verde's Ministry of Health with 56,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses, as well as the medical equipment to administer them. 

Following the coordination efforts of the Directorate of Defence, the equipment was delivered via a flight by the French Armed Forces from Orléans on Monday. The Grand Ducal Fire and Rescue Corps (Corps grand-ducal d'incendie et de secours - CGDIS) provided transportation to the air base.

The 56,000 vaccine doses are shared through the European Civil Protection Mechanism. Cape Verde is a partner country of Luxembourg's development cooperation programme.

The Development Cooperation Directorate has also sent six refrigerators for vaccines from the Luxembourg manufacturer B Medical Systems to Sudan.