US donates over 100 000 doses of Pfizer vaccine
• By Staff Reporter
LAST week, the U.S. Embassy in Windhoek announced the donation by the U.
S. government of 100 620 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine as part of its global efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
The donated vaccines are part of the U.S. pledge to initially provide at least 25 million of 80 million doses globally to Africa.
The U.S. government coordinated closely with the African Union, Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), and COVAX on the country allocations.
“We mourn the loss of life across the region due to Covid-19 and extend our condolences to those who have lost loved ones to this terrible disease. This donation of vaccines by the United States will help Namibians stay healthy and protected from Covid-19. Vaccines are safe and effective, and I urge everyone that can to get vaccinated against Covid-19. I did,” said the U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Jess Long.
Long further said, “These vaccines are part of the U.S. commitment to support Namibia’s fight against the pandemic. We will continue working together to put an end to this pandemic’s high toll on life, livelihoods, and secondary social and economic impacts.”
The 100 620 vaccine doses are part of the Biden-Harris Administration commitment to share U.S. vaccine supply with the world.
As the work continues to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden has promised that the United States will be an arsenal of vaccines for the world.
As President Biden said, “From the beginning of my presidency, we have been clear-eyed that we need to attack this virus globally as well. This is about our responsibility — our humanitarian obligation to save as many lives as we can — and our responsibility to our values. We are going to help lead the world out of this pandemic, working alongside our global partners”.
In addition to vaccines, the U.S. government has rapidly deployed more than US$541 million in health, humanitarian, and economic support assistance to more than 40 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to fight the pandemic.
“We are also providing development finance investments to support vaccine manufacturing on the continent and continue to build on decades of U.S. investment in African health infrastructure for response to this pandemic and prevention of the next.”