Mogadishu – The US Embassy in Mogadishu donated a further 115,150 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to Somalia on Thursday as a part of COVAX’s international vaccine sharing program.
In a press launch launched Thursday, the embassy stated the donation got here “without strings attached” with the “unequivocal goal of saving lives across Somalia.”
The United States has pledged worldwide distribution of 1.1 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 115 international locations have obtained vaccination doses from the United States, a whole of greater than 575 million.
“As President Biden has said, the United States is committed to bringing the same urgency to international vaccination efforts that we have demonstrated here at home. We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and to lead the world in ending the pandemic.”
On March 15, 2021, one yr after the primary COVID-19 case was confirmed in Somalia, the primary cargo of 300,000 COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca, obtained by means of COVAX, arrived in Mogadishu. The aged, individuals with persistent ailments and front-line staff, particularly healthcare staff, have been the precedence teams to obtain COVID-19 vaccines in the next months.
Since then, Somalia has obtained a whole bunch of hundreds of vaccines from the COVAX facility. These provides embrace the Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccines.
China additionally donated over 200,000 doses of their Sinopharm vaccine in April 2021.
Somalia has vaccinated about 10% of its whole inhabitants.
There have been 26,957 confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 in Somalia because the begin of the pandemic, leading to 1,361 deaths.