Shipments of U.S.-Donated Covid-19 Vaccines Begin Arriving

The U.S. contribution of 25 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine has begun arriving in a number of African countries, senior Biden administration officials said in a July 21 briefing. "Africa is a priority for this administration, and we are proud of the resiliency that African nations have demonstrated in the face of this pandemic," Gayle E. Smith, State Department Coordinator for Global COVID-19 Response and Health Security told reporters in an online session.

Last week, the White House announced the shipments of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine to several countries and said Johnson & Johnson, Moderna or Pfizer vaccines will be made available to 49 African countries. The administration says the government has collaborated fully with the  African Union, the Africa Centres for Disease Control (Africa CDC), the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust, the Afreximbank as well as the Covax collaborative for equitable vaccine distribution, which is co-led by the World Health Organization [@WHO] and the Gavi vaccine alliance.

The arrival on July 21 in Dakar of 151,200 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for Senegal, provided by the United States in coordination with @gavi, #COVAX, and the @_AfricanUnion - part of the approximately 25 million COVID-19 vaccines U.S. donation to AU member states.

Covid-19 vaccination site in Ghana.


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