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A safe place to store vaccines in Kosovo

UNOPS worked with authorities in Kosovo* to establish a new vaccine storage facility to safely store immunization products.

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Funded by a €800,000 loan from the Council of Europe Development Bank, the new 1,200 m2 Central Vaccine Storage facility in Pristina will house Kosovo’s entire contingent of vaccines and immunization material. The centre will also store other material used by the National Public Health Institute, such as testing kits, reagents and more.

UNOPS has stood by the people of Kosovo before and during the pandemic and we are committed to supporting recovery efforts to help build a healthier and more resilient future.

Brendan Kiernan - Head of UNOPS Pristina Office

The project was implemented as part of Kosovo’s COVID-19 emergency response – of which UNOPS has been a key partner since it began.

The new vaccine storage facility will help strengthen Kosovo's capacity to manage and deliver vaccines, ensuring the health service is more resilient to future shocks.

As part of the project, UNOPS managed the design and construction of the facility. UNOPS also procured and delivered specialized refrigerated pick-up trucks for secure vaccine transport as well as essential equipment for the vaccine centre itself.

“Securing the supply of vaccines is one thing, safely storing them is another challenge altogether. This new centre will not only help those in need today but those who will need help in the decades to come,” said Brendan.

*All references to Kosovo are made in the context of UNSCR 1244.

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