The first shipment of the 25 million COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by the United States will, in days, arrive in African countries including Burkina Faso, Djibouti, and Ethiopia.
This was contained in a statement by the U.S officials and the Gavi vaccine alliance on Friday, the US News reported.
Almost 50 African countries will eventually receive COVID-19 vaccine donations from the United States.
The U.S. President, Joe Biden, has vowed to donate up to 80 million US-produced vaccines around the world as a means of supporting the most vulnerable and stem transmission of the coronavirus.
“In partnership with the African Union and COVAX, the United States is proud to donate 25 million COVID-19 vaccines to 49 African countries. The Biden Administration is committed to leading the global response to the pandemic by providing safe and effective vaccines to the world,” Gayle Smith, the U.S. State Department’s coordinator for COVID-19 recovery and global health, said in the statement.
The statement further disclosed that, in the coming days, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, and Ethiopia will receive almost a million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
It added that the remainder will be shipped to other African countries in the coming week.
The World Health Organization had on Thursday, revealed that Africa recorded a 43% jump in COVID-19 deaths last week due to the increase in infections and hospital admissions.