Georgia: COVID-19 Vaccine Support under the Asia Pacific Vaccine Access Facility

Sovereign Project | 55195-001

The project is aligned with the following impacts: (i) stabilize the situation and save lives; and (ii) spread, morbidity, and mortality of COVID-19 reduced and confidence of

citizens restored. The project outcome is that the target populations per the NVDP

are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Output 1. COVID-19 vaccine procured and delivered to designated points. The

project will finance procurement and delivery of vaccines through bilateral deals between the

government and manufacturers and/or through the COVAX Facility. Procurement through

bilateral deals with other countries will be considered, subject to due diligence and necessary

approvals. To vaccinate an estimated 0.3 million persons, 0.7 million doses of COVID-19

vaccines (assuming 10% adjustment for wastage) will be delivered to regional warehouses

according to the NVDP. The expenditure items under the RRC will include (i) vaccines that meet

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Ramesh, Kirthi
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Approval Date
    24 September 2021
  • Country
    Georgia
  • Sector
    • Health
Project Name COVID-19 Vaccine Support under the Asia Pacific Vaccine Access Facility
Project Number 55195-001
Country Georgia
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 4116-GEO: COVID-19 Vaccine Support under the Asia Pacific Vaccine Access Facility
Ordinary capital resources US$ 14.40 million
Loan 4118-GEO: COVID-19 Vaccine Support under the Asia Pacific Vaccine Access Facility
Ordinary capital resources US$ 600,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Health / Disease control of communicable disease

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The project is aligned with the following impacts: (i) stabilize the situation and save lives; and (ii) spread, morbidity, and mortality of COVID-19 reduced and confidence of

citizens restored. The project outcome is that the target populations per the NVDP

are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Output 1. COVID-19 vaccine procured and delivered to designated points. The

project will finance procurement and delivery of vaccines through bilateral deals between the

government and manufacturers and/or through the COVAX Facility. Procurement through

bilateral deals with other countries will be considered, subject to due diligence and necessary

approvals. To vaccinate an estimated 0.3 million persons, 0.7 million doses of COVID-19

vaccines (assuming 10% adjustment for wastage) will be delivered to regional warehouses

according to the NVDP. The expenditure items under the RRC will include (i) vaccines that meet

any of the eligibility requirements of the APVAX policy, including advance payments; (ii)

international logistics and related services required to transport vaccines from the place of

purchase to regional warehouses; and (iii) ancillary items such as syringes, safety boxes, and

other items required to administer the vaccines. The NCDC will be responsible for transporting

the vaccine from the regional warehouses to the vaccine administration sites. Before the

disbursement of the loan proceeds, MOILHSA shall submit to ADB purchase agreements for the

vaccines that comply with APVAX policy requirements.

Output 2. Vaccine program implementation capacity strengthened. Under the PIC,

the project will support activities that will strengthen (i) the project implementation unit (PIU) under

the MOILHSA to help implement and monitor the COVID-19 vaccination program; and (ii) carry

out gender mainstreaming activities, which include approving updated budget and guidelines for

mobile teams to reach marginalized groups, including women. Additional staff will be hired under

the project to augment PIU capacity.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government of Georgia reported the country's first COVID- 19 case on 26 February 2020, followed by the first wave from September 2020 to February 2021,

the second, milder wave beginning in March 2021 and a third wave beginning in June 2021. As of 11 August 2021, Georgia had reported 461,198 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 6,230 deaths. The peak number of daily new confirmed cases was at 6,208 in August 2021 during the third wave, compared with 2,171 during the second wave from March to June 2021. Absolute poverty, measured using the international poverty line ($1.90 per day), is estimated to increase from 3.8% in 2019 to 5.4% in 2020 because of the effects of COVID-19. The pandemic's impact on poverty is significant because of a large number of self-employed and informal sector workers and migrant workers returning home. Gross domestic product (GDP) declined by 6.2% in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, compared with 5.0% GDP growth in 2019. The government has noted that any further escalation of COVID-19 will have a serious health and socioeconomic impact and further delay economic recovery. Containing the COVID-19 pandemic with vaccination clearly outweighs the costs, reduces the number of severe COVID-19 cases, and reduces the burden on the health system.

Impact

Stabilize the situation and save lives

COVID-19 spread, morbidity, and mortality reduced, and confidence of citizens restored

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Target populations per the NVDP vaccinated against COVID-19
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

COVID-19 vaccine procured and delivered to designated points

Vaccine program implementation capacity strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Ramesh, Kirthi
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division CWSS
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs (MOILHSA)
[email protected]
144, Ak. Tsereteli Ave, Tbilisi 0119
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 05 Jul 2021 to 07 Jul 2021
MRM 29 Jul 2021
Approval 24 Sep 2021
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 01 Oct 2021

Loan 4116-GEO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
24 Sep 2021 - - 31 Oct 2023 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 17.10 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 14.40 20 Oct 2021 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 2.70 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 20 Oct 2021 0.00 0.00 0%

Loan 4118-GEO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
24 Sep 2021 04 Oct 2021 29 Oct 2021 31 Oct 2023 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.60 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.60 20 Oct 2021 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 20 Oct 2021 0.00 0.00 0%

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