The Netherlands will ship 90,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Suriname the day after tomorrow. In fact, 40,000 doses of vaccine were supposed to be delivered this week, but according to the Ministry of Health, the number of vaccines ordered by Dutch hospitals has decreased, leaving room to deliver more vaccines to Suriname. In the Netherlands, AstraZeneca is only used for people who need the vaccine a second time.
According to VWS, these vaccines can be used directly in Suriname. Ultimately, if possible, the Netherlands intends to supply 750,000 AstraZeneca this month, but this depends on the delivery volume received by the Netherlands itself.
50,000 Moderna vaccines will also be delivered to Suriname. These doses were temporarily replaced by AstraZeneca. Compared with Moderna, this vaccine can be stored at refrigerator temperature, so it is easier to integrate into the Suriname vaccination plan in terms of logistics. Therefore, the ministry stated that it provided Suriname with “more comfort” than Moderna.
Last week, NOS revealed that there are 100,000 unused AstraZeneca vaccines in the Netherlands, but they have not yet been delivered to Suriname. According to the outgoing minister De Jonge, this is to be able to absorb the setbacks in Dutch deliveries.
The Netherlands does not only deliver vaccines to Suriname. Last Tuesday, an emergency plane flew to Paramaribo, which included oxygen cylinders and personal protective equipment. A team of about 20 doctors, microbiologists and nurses followed up on Friday.