#COVID-19: US Donates 336,000 Doses of The Johnson & Johnson Vaccine To Central African Republic

The United States government has donated a further 336,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to the Central African Republic (CAR) under the COVAX initiative.

The handing over of the new COVID-19 vaccines was made on Tuesday, Nov. 2,  by the Ambassadors of the United States, the African Union, the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the government of the CAR.

This new consignment follows an earlier donation of 302,400 coronavirus vaccines by the United States to the Central African Republic bringing the total number of vaccines donated by the US to the country to 638,400 doses. The donation was made under the auspices of the COVAX initiative.

It is  within the efforts deployed by the US government, the African Union, UNICEF and the WHO to guarantee equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

The donation also demonstrates the engagement of the US to contribute to the world arsenal of COVID-19 vaccines. As of today, the US has delivered more than 200 million doses of the vaccine to more than 100 countries of the world.

“The United States is proud of having donated 638,400 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to the Central African Republic people,” , said the US ambassador in the country, Lucy Tamlyn.

“This new donation is a strong example of our sincere partnership and our long-term engagement in the Central African Republic.”

Also speaking at the ceremony, Fran Equiza, the UNICEF Representative in the CAR said “it is important for everybody to be vaccinated as the first step towards a collective protection against the COVID-19.”

The vaccines were handed over to officials of the Central African Republic Ministry of Health who would furnish information on their use to donor agencies.

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