Germany Donates Nearly 7.2 million Doses of J&J Vaccine to Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – Germany has donated nearly 7.2 million doses Johnson & Johnson vaccine donation for Ethiopia last week, its embassy in Addis Ababa said today.

Seventeen African countries have received more than 32 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from Germany through the COVAX initiative in the past twelve months.

Of these, Ethiopia “received a lion’s share with more than 7.4 million doses of vaccines delivered,” the Embassy added.

Heiko Nitzschke, Chargé d’Affairs of the Embassy of Germany, handed over a total of 7,192,800 doses of J&J vaccine to health Minister Dr Lia Tadesse last Thursday.

During the handover ceremony, Dr. Lia expressed her “great appreciation to the German Government for their generous donation”.

The Ministry started providing the Covid-19 vaccine to the public on March 13, 2021 – a week after it received 2.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX Facility.

Since then, nearly 11 million doses have been in Ethiopia where over 9.36 million people are fully immunized.

The latest donation from Germany will “enhance our efforts to protect Ethiopia’s population from Covid-19,” Dr. Lia said.

As of Sunday evening, Ethiopia confirmed 444, 124 cases of Covid-19 – an acute respiratory disease that has so far claimed the lives of 7,030.

Nitzschke applauded health Minister Dr. Lia and her team for the efforts to contain the virus in the East African nation.

He urged that the vaccine donations should benefit recipients throughout the country while expressing his country’s commitment to continue support Ethiopia to overcome the pandemic.

“Covid-19 knows no borders. We are in this together, and we will get out of this together” Nitzschke said, appreciating Unicef for “important work undertaken” in providing logistics for the receipt of the vaccines.

In 2021, Germany donated 103 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide.

Approximately 95 million doses of vaccine were delivered to the COVAX vaccine alliance for distribution according to urgent global needs and capacity to vaccinate.

Additional 7.7 million doses were also provided bilaterally to six selected partner countries, according to the embassy.