The Netherlands sends 90,000 doses of the Astrazeneca vaccine to Suriname the day after tomorrow. Actually, there would be a delivery of 40,000 doses this week, but according to the Ministry of Health, hospitals in the Netherlands have ordered less of the vaccine, leaving room to deliver a larger batch to Suriname. In the Netherlands, AstraZeneca is only used for people who need a second shot with that vaccine.
According to VWS, the vaccines can be used directly in Suriname. Ultimately, the Netherlands is supposed to deliver 750,000 Astrazeneca doses, if possible this month, but that depends on the deliveries that the Netherlands itself receives.
50,000 Moderna vaccines would also be supplied to Suriname. Those doses are currently being replaced by AstraZeneca. Unlike Moderna, this vaccine can be stored at refrigerator temperature and is therefore logistically easier to fit into the Surinamese vaccination programme. It therefore offers Suriname “now more solace” than Moderna, says the ministry.
Last week DeccEit revealed that 100,000 unused Astrazeneca vaccines were present in the Netherlands but would not yet be delivered to Suriname. According to demissionary minister De Jonge, this was to cope with setbacks in deliveries in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands does not only send vaccines to Suriname. Last Tuesday, a first relief flight went to Paramaribo with oxygen containers and personal protective equipment. Friday followed a team of about twenty medics, microbiologists and nurses.