ADB OKs $18.9M grant to fund vaccine rollout in four Pacific island nations

Four Pacific island countries will be recipients of the Asian Development Bank's $18.9 million grants to help them roll out safe and effective vaccines against Covid-19.

The grants to Samoa ($8 million), Tonga ($5.5 million), Tuvalu ($1.5 million), and Vanuatu ($3.9 million) will support their Covid-19 vaccination programs for a combined population of almost 600,000 people.

The project is financed by ADB’s $9 billion Asia Pacific Vaccine Access Facility launched in December 2020 to offer rapid and equitable vaccine-related support to ADB’s DMCs.

“These countries have incurred considerable costs in preventing Covid-19 transmission, and their health systems have been put under extreme pressure,” said Masatsugu Asakawa, ADB president. “These grants will provide a platform to introduce safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines in these countries, strengthen health systems to receive and administer the vaccines, and raise community awareness about vaccination timetables.”