ADDIS ABABA – The United States has provided 840, 060 more doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Ethiopia, its embassy in Addis Ababa said today.
The latest batch of the Pfizer vaccine arrived at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa via COVAX mechanism on March 1, 2022.
“We are sharing these doses safely, equitably, and with the singular objective of saving lives – with no strings attached,” said the embassy.
The latest batch brings the number of doses of vaccine provided to Ethiopia to nearly 7 million doses since July 2021.
The newly arrived vaccines are expected to bolster Ethiopia’s second round immunization campaign launched fortnights ago.
Since its start on February 14, the number of doses administered in Ethiopia has doubled and reached about 24.3 million.
Close to 20 million people have also been fully vaccinated, according to the ministry which offered the first Covid vaccine in Ethiopia on March 13, 2021.
“Safe and effective vaccines are our best tool to end the pandemic,” the US embassy said, adding the US has so far delivered more than 400 million doses of vaccine to more than 110 countries.