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$28 million from the World Bank to help Jordan purchase vaccines

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As of January 234,551,296 people had received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in Jordan, and 4,157,442 people had received the second dose of the vaccine. (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The World Bank has disbursed about $28 million for a program that helps Jordan purchase some 4.8 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to achieve herd immunity and accelerate recovery, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

In January, the bank transferred around $27.98 million to Jordan; before that, $125,000 was given last October, $14 million in February 2021, and $5.8 million in June 2020.

The project contributes to vaccinate about 2.4 million people against the coronavirus in Jordan, or 40 percent of the adult population currently eligible for the vaccine. When that figure is reached, 75 percent of the population will have been vaccinated.

As of January 234,551,296 people had received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in Jordan, and 4,157,442 people had received the second dose of the vaccine.

On June 16, 2021, the World Bank approved an additional $63.7 million to fund Jordan’s coronavirus emergency response project, support efforts to promote safe, effective, and equitable access to coronavirus vaccines, and accelerate a phased vaccination program to reopen the economy, schools, and the most affected sectors.

This additional funding is set to support Jordan achieve its goal of vaccinating 75 percent of the adult population, for early and resilient recovery.

In 2020, the bank approved the first $20 million coronavirus emergency response project to help prevent coronavirus, detect and respond to the threat of the pandemic, and strengthen Jordan’s healthcare system and public health preparedness.

Over the course of 2020, the project renovated four health facilities, fully equipping them with medical devices, equipment, and supplies, to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

"The $64 million project is helping the government finance the purchase of coronavirus vaccines, as the financing includes a grant of about $14 million and $50 million in the form of concessional loans from the World Bank," said Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Al-Shraideh at a press conference on June 10, 2021, to announce agreements between the bank and Jordan.

World Bank Group Regional Director Saroj Kumar Jah said at the conference: “Fair, broad and rapid access to coronavirus vaccines is critical to protecting lives and provides the foundation for the recovery of the Jordanian economy. This additional funding would support Jordan in expanding its comprehensive and effective vaccination program.”

The additional funding aims to enable Jordan to access much-needed vaccines from a range of sources in order to support its goal of having a range of options to access vaccines under conditions Jordan deems appropriate to its circumstances (such as value for money, regulatory approvals, and time of delivery of vaccines, among other features).


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