Netherlands donates 745,000 doses of AstraZeneca abroad

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The Netherlands will donate its stockpile of 745,000 doses of the Covid AstraZeneca vaccine to countries that have asked the Dutch government for help.

Other vaccines in excess of needs will go directly to the international Covax program which makes vaccines available to developing countries, the health ministry said.

The Netherlands had previously donated vaccines to Suriname, Indonesia and Cape Verde. Now the list will include Namibia, Tanzania and Ireland.

AstraZeneca is only used by family physicians for people over the age of 60 and recently people who were concerned about experiencing a rare side effect causing thrombosis have had the option of switching to Pfizer for their second injection.

The Dutch contribution to Covax will be around 20 million doses by the end of the year.

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