ADDIS ABABA – The United States said on Tuesday it has provided additional 1,210,550 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to Ethiopia.
It is for the second time in three weeks that the US provided vaccine to Ethiopia. Ministry of Health received 453,600 doses of J&J vaccines on July 19.
The doses are part of the U.S. pledge to provide 25 million life-saving vaccines to African nations, the embassy said, adding the allocation was made in close coordination with the African Union and Africa CDC.
The latest vaccine donation has already arrived at Addis Ababa Bole Airport on Monday via COVAX facility.
“We are honored to participate in the life-saving venture of delivering COVID-19 vaccines to Ethiopia from the American people,”said Geeta Pasi, US ambassador to Ethiopia.
“As Ethiopia’s closest partner in health, we are dedicated to vaccinating more people, saving lives, and ending the pandemic,” the Ambassador added.
This donation is expected to boost Ethiopia’s ongoing immunization campaign which started on March 13, 2021.
As of Monday evening, the country administered a total of 2, 221, 206 Covid-19 vaccines, mainly AstraZenica, to its nationals.
The vaccination is part of the government’s response to tackle the pandemic.
Ethiopia confirmed its first Coronavirus case on March 13, 2020. Since then, it has conducted more than 3 million tests to confirm 280, 883 infections. About 263, 587 of the infected people have already recovered, according to Health officials.