February 24, 2022
Luanda, Angola- The United States Government donated an additional 666,900 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Angola, as part of a commitment to support equitable access to vaccines worldwide. These vaccines will allow the Ministry of Health to protect more Angolans from the COVID-19 virus and reach its national vaccination campaign goals.
With this 14th delivery, the U.S. Government has now donated over 8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Angola and over 425 million doses worldwide. These donations continue to be part of a coordinated assistance effort to support Angola’s response to the COVID-19 virus and to strengthen the resilience of Angola’s health sector to the virus and its variants. President Joseph Biden committed to donate 1.2 billion vaccine doses by the end of 2022 through the Initiative for Global Vaccine Access (Global VAX). Global VAX encompasses the U.S. Government’s work with more than 100 countries in every region of the world to increase uptake of COVID-19 vaccines and goes beyond donations. Angola will be one of the first countries to receive surge support in the amount of $25 million in assistance throughout this year to bolster cold chain supply and logistics, service delivery, and vaccine confidence.
The long-standing U.S.-Angola partnership in the health sector has resulted in an effective response to the pandemic, from testing to contact tracing, to treatment and vaccination. This work has been in progress since vaccines first became available, and continues today. U.S. support has included the delivery of urgent supplies that support infection prevention and control; improving the capacity of Angolan laboratories and health facilities; improving COVID-19 surveillance, response, and case management; developing and enhancing public health outreach, risk communication and community engagement; and supporting the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine nationwide.
The United States is committed to leading the global COVID-19 response, and is the largest donor to the global effort to vaccinate people around the world. In close collaboration with the Government of Angola, the U.S. Government provides more than $38 million in annual assistance to improve the quality of education and healthcare, promote economic prosperity, and support the overall development of the nation.
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