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Uzbekistan To Purchase Vaccines Independently After 2020

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 19:18

By 2020, the government of Uzbekistan will begin to independently finance the purchase of necessary vaccines. On March 3, the news was announced by Sasha Graumann, the representative of UNICEF in the republic. “By the end of 2019, Uzbekistan's external support for the purchase of vaccines will come to an end. The government is now working together with UNICEF on effective budget planning to achieve sustainable vaccine procurement and immunization for children,” Graumann said.


The UNICEF office also noted that Uzbekistan has been purchasing 90 percent of vaccines at the expense the state budget since 2010. 30 percent of the cost of new vaccines (pneumococcal, rotavirus and pentavalent) is paid for by the Global Alliance for Immunization and Vaccination (GAVI), which is a partner of UNICEF in the vaccination program.


“Uzbekistan is included in the UN list of middle-income countries, so the level of support will subsequently decline in the near future. After 2019, all vaccines will be procured by the republic entirely at the expense of public funds, through the UNICEF supply department,” the fund's employee said.


As follows from the data of the fund, last year Uzbekistan purchased various types of vaccines for a total of about $20 million, and $6 million were allocated for this purpose by the GAVI. This year, the amount of support from the alliance will decrease to $4 million.


To date, according to the Ministry of Health of the Republic, the national vaccination calendar includes nine types of vaccinations to protect against 14 infectious diseases.


Over the past 10 years, the level of childhood vaccination for five major preventable diseases (diphtheria, pertussis, poliomyelitis, measles and tetanus) has increased from 60 to 99 percent.

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