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Ghana receives 1.7 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from US

The United States has now donated 4.2 million doses to Ghana since the start of the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020

More than 1.7 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Ghana on Monday (22 November) , bringing the total of US-donated vaccines to Ghana to more than 4.2 million doses since September.

The US ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie Sullivan, was joined by Deputy Health Minister Mahama Asei Seini, representatives of the Ghana Health Service, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Kwaku Ampratwum Sarpong and the UNICEF country representative to Ghana, Anne-Claire Dufay, to receive the vaccines at Kotoka International Airport in Accra.

“These life-saving vaccines, donated on behalf of the American people, will help save Ghanaian lives, as we work together to defeat this virus,” said Ambassador Sullivan. “These doses are the same safe and effective vaccines used in the United States.

“There is no better time for Ghanaians to protect their families and communities by getting the jab.”

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Delivered through the COVAX Facility, the donations have been made to support the United States’ global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. In September, President Joe Biden committed to donating 1.1 billion doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine worldwide.

The US government has already delivered 252 million doses to over 100 countries, including 71 million doses in sub-Saharan Africa alone. With President Biden’s commitment, the American people are now donating three vaccine doses for every dose that has been administered in the United States.

The United States has strongly supported Ghana’s COVID-19 response efforts, providing more than US$30 million for personal protective equipment and training for medical professionals, medical equipment and testing supplies.

It has also supported vaccine distribution planning, provided economic assistance for affected communities, established three new regional public health emergency operations centres in Ghana, and extended educational support to Ghanaian students during the pandemic.

The whole-of-government approach to helping fight COVID-19 has involved working with elements of the US department of state, department of defence, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

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