ADDIS ABABA – The United States has donated 840,060 doses of additional Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to Ethiopia, its embassy in Addis Ababa announced today.
The vaccines arrived at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, via COVAX on March 14, 2022.
The donated vaccines are part of the United States’ pledge to initially provide 25 million doses to Africa, of 80mln doses globally.
“We are sharing these doses safely, equitably, with the singular objective of saving lives and with no strings attached,” the US embassy said.
The latest batch brings the number of doses of vaccines that the U.S. has provided to Ethiopia to over 7.8 million. US donated its first vaccine on July 17, 2021.
“We are pleased to continue to support the Ethiopian Ministry of Health’s efforts to vaccinate and protect more Ethiopians,” the embassy said.
As of March 15, 2022, a total of 469,291 confirmed cases and 7,486 deaths have been reported in Ethiopia.
As part of its response to the pandemic, the country started offering Covid-19 vaccine shots to its citizens in March, 2021. Since then, it has administered nearly 29 million doses of vaccine.
More than 24.2 million Ethiopians are fully vaccinated against the virus, according to the ministry of health.