US Donates 17 Million Doses of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine to African Union

The United States (US) again donated vaccines to the African Union, the White House reported on Thursday (14/10).

In its latest donation, the US provided 17 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine to the African Union, bringing America’s total contribution to the continent to 67 million doses.

The United States had previously donated 50 million doses to the African Union, which has 55 members, including some of the world’s poorest countries. The donation of 17 million doses of the single-shot vaccine will be sent to the African Union in “the coming weeks,” the White House said in a statement.

“We are continuing the common fight against COVID,” Biden said Thursday during his meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“America has donated 2.8 million doses of vaccine to Kenya as part of the 50 million doses we have donated to the African Union. And I am proud to announce that today, we are making an additional, historic, one-off, 17 million dose of J&J vaccine donation to the African Union.”

Kenyatta said America “has done its best, not only to help Kenya, but the African continent in general, to increase access to vaccines.”

The White House said it chose J&J’s single-dose vaccine because of its unique advantages. In America, the vaccine is not as popular as other vaccines that are given in two doses.

“The J&J vaccine is in high demand and in short supply in Africa and elsewhere around the world,” the White House said. “Single-dose administration, durability and easy storage make this vaccine an asset to global vaccine programs.” (ka/lt)

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