The U.S. Embassy in Cotonou, Benin announces the donation of 332,280 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by the United States Government as part of the United States’ global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. government coordinated closely with the African Union, Africa CDC, and COVAX on the country allocations. COVAX supported delivery of these vaccine doses, which arrived in Cotonou on September 30. This shipment follows an initial delivery of 302,400 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on July 26.
This donation will help protect the Beninese people from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to reduce barriers to building back the Beninese economy. The United States’ support to Benin has included approximately $6.5 million in vaccine roll-out monitoring and evaluation in partnership with the World Health Organization, as well as COVID-19 prevention, testing, and rapid response efforts.
“We will continue to support Benin’s efforts to combat this disease with this second donation and through other interventions,” said Ambassador Patricia Mahoney.
The total 634,680 doses delivered to-date are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to share U.S. vaccine supply with the world. As we continue 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.