As more Liberians hanker for the COVID-19 wonder vaccine that increases their chances of survival in case of a Coronavirus attack, the U.S. Embassy near Monrovia has announced the donation by the United States Government of 302,400 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a US Embassy press release, the donated vaccines are part of the U.S. pledge to initially provide at least 25 million of 80 million doses globally with Africa. The U.S. Government coordinated closely with the African Union and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on the country allocations. The vaccine doses arrived via COVAX last night.
“The vaccines will help protect the Liberian people from the ravages of the COVID-19 virus and reduce barriers to building back the Liberian economy. We are proud to continue working together with the Liberian Government, the private sector, and civil society to do everything we can to mitigate the pandemic’s high toll on life, livelihoods, and social impacts,” remarked Ambassador Michael McCarthy, adding, “To everyone who has not been vaccinated, I strongly encourage you to do so— as I did—as soon as you have the opportunity.”
The latest 302,400 doses are part of the Biden-Harris Administration commitment to share U.S. vaccine supply with the world, the US Embassy near Monrovia stated, reiterating that as the US government continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at home and work to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden has promised that the United States will be an arsenal of vaccines for the world.
“From the beginning of my presidency, we have been clear-eyed that we need to attack this virus globally as well. This is about our responsibility — our humanitarian obligation to save as many lives as we can — and our responsibility to our values. We’re going to help lead the world out of this pandemic, working alongside our global partners,” President Biden stated emphatically.