ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, November 25, 2021 / APO Group / –
Today, 398,970 doses of the safe and effective Pfizer COVID-19 arrived in Madagascar. These vaccines were delivered through COVAX facilities and are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s global effort to rapidly increase vaccine coverage and end this pandemic.
“Widespread vaccination is the most important step we can take to ensure a return to normal life as soon as possible,” said John Dunlop, director of the Madagascar Mission of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). , in an arrival ceremony at the Ivato airport. “Please do what you can and get vaccinated,” he added.
This is the third vaccine donation to Madagascar by the American people. The United States donated 302,750 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in July and an additional 336,000 Johnson & Johnson doses in October from the US national supply.
“The United States will be the world’s vaccine arsenal in our shared fight against this virus,” President Biden said in a June 3 statement.
The United States is sharing vaccine doses with nearly every African country to save lives and lead the world to end the pandemic. This effort is just one more example of our commitment to our African partners as we face the new waves of the pandemic.
In Madagascar, USAID has provided $ 5.1 million to support healthcare facilities and increase access to vaccines, as well as $ 2.5 million to help with vaccine delivery and launch, expand infectious disease testing and provide personal protective equipment for healthcare workers. The Peace Corps is also supporting the government of Madagascar’s vaccination efforts by helping to vaccinate more than 25 percent of all eligible residents in the Mantasoa commune.
The United States is working closely with the Government of Madagascar, as “mpirahalahy mianala,” to protect public health, and we will continue to do everything we can to build a world that is safer and more secure against the threat of infectious diseases.
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