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U.S. donates 373,230 COVID-19 vaccine doses, adding to the 1.2 million donated in August

Ambassador Richard Bell, Health Minister Pierre Dimba, UNICEF Representative Marc Vincent, the WHO receive the latest donation at the airport in Abidjan.

September 13, 2021

United States completes the donation of 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Côte d’Ivoire

Abidjan – 11 September 2021 – The U.S. Embassy in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire announces the donation by the United States Government of 373,230 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.  The donation is in addition to the 1,180,530 doses delivered on August 20, making a total donation of 1,553,760 doses in recent weeks.  The donated vaccines are part of the U.S. pledge to purchase and donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine.  The vaccines were delivered to Côte d’Ivoire on September 11 via the multilateral mechanism COVAX.

“This second tranche of Pfizer vaccine doses will further help protect Ivorians from the COVID-19 virus,” said U.S. Ambassador to the Côte d’Ivoire Richard K. Bell.  “The United States has invested these 1.5 million doses – donations with no strings attached – because we fully stand with our partners in the worldwide fight against COVID-19.  We encourage eligible Ivoirians to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting vaccinated.”  Ambassador Bell highlighted that the Pfizer vaccine now has “full authorization” from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as opposed to “emergency use authorization,” which demonstrates the drug’s safety and effectiveness.

The 1,553,760 doses are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to share U.S. vaccine supply with the world.  As the United States continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at home and work 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’re going to help lead the world out of this pandemic, working alongside our global partners.”