United States Donates Over 500,000 Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines to Angola

From Left to Right: Angolan Secretary of State for Health, Franco Mufinda, Angolan Minister of Health, Silvia Lutucuta and U.S. Ambassador to Angola, Nina Maria Fite

August 24, 2021

The U.S. Embassy in Luanda, Angola is pleased to announce the arrival of 586,170 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines donated by the United States Government. Arriving at 4 de Fevereiro International Airport in Luanda via COVAX on August 24, the donation is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. These donated vaccines are part of fulfilling the U.S. pledge to provide 25 million of 80 million doses donated globally to Africa. The U.S. government coordinated closely with the African Union and Africa CDC on the vaccine allocations to each country.

This donation will help protect the Angolan people from the ravages of the COVID-19 virus and, as Angolans are vaccinated, allow the Angolan people and their government to build back their economy.

“As Angola’s largest bilateral health assistance donor, the United States has a long relationship with Angola’s health sector to improve the access and quality of care. In this same spirit, we continue to work with our Angolan partners to face this pandemic. Since it’s onset, the U.S. has provided over eight million dollars to Angola to slow the spread of the virus through improved disease surveillance, quality training for frontline workers, strengthening laboratory operations, personal protective equipment, handwashing stations, and the delivery of a field hospital. This donation of life-saving vaccines is our latest step to support Angola’s response to the pandemic,” said Ambassador Nina Maria Fite, at the handover ceremony to the GRA.

These 586,170 doses are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to share the U.S. vaccine supply with the world. As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and work to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden has promised that the United States will be an arsenal of vaccines for the world.

As President Biden said, “From the beginning of my presidency, we have been clear-eyed that we need to attack this virus globally.  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.”

For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy at LuandaPress@state.gov or 923-284-117.