United States Donates Two Million Additional Doses of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine to Côte d’Ivoire
December 13, 2022: The United States finalized the donation of an additional two million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to Côte d’Ivoire on December 12, 2022. Together with previous donations, this brings the total to 12.1 million COVID-19 vaccines contributed by the United States to Côte d’Ivoire.
The U.S. government GlobalVax initiative, led by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided $22.7 million to accelerate and support vaccination efforts in Côte d’Ivoire. In 2023, an additional $16 million will sustain the country’s efforts to expand and integrate COVID-19 vaccination with routine immunization and primary health care.
The United States is proud to be Côte d’Ivoire’s leading partner on COVID-19 vaccination and response efforts through the GlobalVax program. The United States also supports Côte d’Ivoire’s efforts to safely distribute these vaccines, train healthcare workers, and encourage eligible people to get vaccinated. Under the leadership of the Ministry of Health, Côte d’Ivoire recently reached a significant milestone of fully vaccinating 52 percent of the target population – a rate that is among the highest in the region. The most recent U.S. vaccine donation will accelerate progress toward the goal of fully vaccinating people aged 12 years and older, a demographic that represents 70 percent of the country’s population.
“I applaud the Government of Côte d’Ivoire’s ambition and dedication to protecting residents from COVID-19. The country’s impressive progress would have been impossible without the hard work of doctors, nurses, midwives, community health workers, and all those engaged in the day-to-day delivery of vaccines,” stated Ms. Joann M. Lockard, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., at the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan. “I encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated to do so. The safe vaccine helps protect you and your community.”
The U.S. government has made a commitment to lead the world in supporting COVID-19 vaccination globally. The United States had pledged to continue in strong partnership with the Côte d’Ivoire to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, the United States delivered more than 670 million doses of vaccine to over 115 countries. The global commitment to provide COVID-19 vaccines will continue to fulfill President Biden’s promise that the United States will be “an arsenal” in the global fight against the pandemic.