The United States government has donated a consignment of 100,620 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to the government of Gabon within the context of the COVAX initiative.
The vaccines were formally handed over to the Gabonese government on Wednesday, Sept. 23 by Christopher Tramann, the interim Chargee d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Libreville. The vaccines were received on behalf of the Gabonese government by Dr Guy-Patriock Obiang Ndong, the Health Minister.
The new vaccines would reinforce the deployment efforts of the Gabonese National Vaccination Plan which has already received doses of the Sinopharm and Sputnik V vaccines.
Receiving the vaccines, the Minister expressed the “total joy of the Gabonese government for having benefited from this gift of Pfizer vaccines from the United States which supports Gabon in its policy of vaccination against the COVID-19.”
Handing over the vaccines, Christopher Tramann said “these vaccines represent the hopes for a bright future.”
“We are happy to continue to work with the Gabonese government, the private sector and the civil society in order to do our best in attenuating the weight of the pandemic on human lives and the means of subsistence as well as the social impact.”
The diplomat called on everybody to get vaccinated as soon as possible, “because by getting vaccinated, we protect ourselves, we protect others and we protect the most vulnerable among us.”
The Pfizer vaccine doses were handed over in the presence of the Resident Representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) as well as the head of the Technical Coordination Committee for the Fight Against COVID-19.
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