US Donates 453,600 Doses of J&J Covid-19 Vaccine to Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The United States Government has donated  453,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to Ethiopia, its embassy in Addis Ababa said on Monday.

The donated vaccines are part of the U.S. pledge to initially provide 25 million doses to Africa as part of its global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement today, the embassy said the U.S. coordinated closely with the African Union and Africa CDC on the country allocations.

On Monday. the vaccine doses arrived via COVAX at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport where the US ambassador to Ethiopia, Geeta Pasi, handed over the Covid-19 Vaccines to Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse.

This donation will help protect the Ethiopian people from the ravages of the COVID-19 virus and begin reducing barriers to building back Ethiopia’s economy.

Previously, the Donald Trump administration provided support, including Ventilators, to Ethiopia’s response to tackle the pandemic.

“Today, we are proud to add  vaccines to the list of support that the American people are providing Ethiopia to save lives in the fight against COVID-19,” said Ambassador Geeta Pasi.

The donations would boost Ethiopia’s ongoing immunization campaign as part of its effort to control the Covid-19 pandemic.

As of Sunday evening, a total of 2, 134, 954 vaccine doses, mainly AstraZeneca, have been provided in Ethiopia.

Health officials launched the campaign on March 13 – a week after the country received 2.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX Facility.

The country also obtained 500, 000 doses of Covid-19 Sinopharm vaccine from China and additional 400, 000 from COVAX.


Featured Image: Minister of Health Dr. Lia Tadesse and U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Geeta Pasi great each other while observing pandemic mitigation protocols at the COVID-19 vaccines handover at Bole International Airport on July 19, 2021. [Photo US embassy]