Lithuanian president applauds decision to share vaccines with Eastern partners

  • 2021-05-16
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda welcomed on Friday the government's decision to donate 200,000 coronavirus vaccine doses to Eastern Partnership countries as a sign of solidarity. 

"I think this is both a very good and a timely decision to show solidarity with the Eastern Partnership countries," the president, who is visiting Moldova, said in Chisinau. 

Earlier on Friday, the Cabinet adopted a protocol decision to allocate 100,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Ukraine, 11,000 doses to Moldova, and 15,000 doses to Georgia.

The vaccines are to be distributed as humanitarian aid by October 1. 

Nauseda described Lithuania's donation of 11,000 vaccine doses to Moldova as "an expression of our friendship with the Moldovan people".  

"This will help carry out the vaccination process which has been quite chaotic here so far," the president said, adding that he expects Lithuania to share more vaccines with its Eastern partners in the future.

A total of 1,413,545 vaccine doses have already been delivered to Lithuania and more than 144,000 of them have not yet been administered. Some 30.2 percent of the country's population have received at least one vaccine shot so far.