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US Ships 1.2 Mn Covid Vaccine Doses To I.Coast

1.2 MILLION COVID VACCINE DOSES ARE SENT TO THE I.COAST BY THE UNITED STATES.

The delivery is handled by Covax, a distributor funded by the World Health Organization and the Gavi vaccine alliance. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to a US official, the US is sending 1.2 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Ivory Coast, which is experiencing a continent-wide COVID-19 outbreak. "The United States is deploying 1,183,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine to Cote d'Ivoire this week," a White House source told AFP, "thanks to the United States' commitment to playing a leading role in eliminating the epidemic everywhere." The delivery is handled by Covax, a distributor funded by the World Health Organization and the Gavi vaccine alliance. The pills are "shipping today and will arrive in the country this weekend," the official told AFP. "We are thrilled to be able to give these safe and effective vaccines to the people of Cote d'Ivoire." While the coronavirus has killed less than 400 people in Ivory Coast, the WHO warns that the west African country is in the midst of the continent's third wave of sickness. In Africa, only about 2% of people are fully vaccinated, and some countries are forced to discard leftover vaccines due to a lack of health infrastructure or significant vaccination hesitancy.

According to the White House, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has budgeted $2 million for readiness, including assistance to the government of Ivory Coast "to plan where vaccines will go, reinforce vaccine supply chain processes, monitor vaccine distribution, increase demand for vaccines through health education, and train health workers on injection safety."

DISCUSSION OF BOOSTER SHOTS

President Joe Biden has positioned himself as a worldwide leader in the effort to share vaccine supplies from the world's wealthiest countries with the rest of the globe. The Ivory Coast batch received drugs from a batch of 500 million Pfizer-BioNTech pills acquired this summer for distribution to the African Union and 92 low-income countries. The United States has also given Covax a $2 billion grant. "We're leading the globe in a global vaccine plan because it's the proper thing to do," a White House official said. "Understanding that ending this pandemic involves its eradication all around the world," Biden stated. The latest US donation comes as the Biden administration announced that all Americans will receive booster shots beginning next month, with shipments already being delivered to countries as far apart as Vietnam and Honduras.

In the face of the virus's potent Delta strain, specialists in the United States believe that a second shot may be required to boost immunizations. According to humanitarian organizations, booster shots will deplete supplies that could be sent to areas of the world where the majority of people have yet to receive even a first dose. "That is a false choice," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday. "We can do both," she said. "We'll continue to be the world's vaccination stockpile. We also have plenty of supplies and have been preparing for a booster for quite some time."

https://ewn.co.za/2021/08/18/us-ships-1-2-mn-covid-vaccine-doses-to-i-coast

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