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Iceland to Buy 550,000 COVID-19 Vaccinations

Iceland will purchase 550,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination when it becomes available at the end of this year or beginning of 2021, RÚV reports. According to Health Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir, this will make it possible for around 75% of the nation to be inoculated against the virus and achieve so-called ‘herd immunity.’ Each person who is vaccinated will receive two doses of the vaccine.

On Thursday, the European Union signed an agreement with the Swedish-British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to buy the vaccine. The AstraZeneca vaccine has not yet been licensed for sale, but is in the final stages of testing and it’s hoped to be ready for general use within the coming months. The EU is also negotiating with other vaccine manufacturers. Although it was previously announced that the Swedish government would mediate sales of the vaccine to both Iceland and Norway, it’s now been decided that Iceland and other EEA countries will receive a proportionally equal amount of vaccines as EU countries.

Svandís asserted that international cooperation is vital to ensure that countries around the world have equal access to the vaccine, as well as the importance of all countries that are able contributing to vaccine development efforts. Through its collaboration with WHO, GAVI, and CEPI, Iceland has already donated half a billion krónur [$3.63 million; €3.05 million] to vaccine development and distribution to developing nations.

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