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KIGALI: U.S. Donates 336,000 J&J Covid-19 Vaccines

KIGALI (December 11, 2021) —  The Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Rwanda announces a new donation of 336,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) Janssen COVID-19 vaccine as a gift from the United States to the people of Rwanda via COVAX. 

This latest donation brings the total current U.S. donation of COVID-19 vaccines to Rwanda to 2,296,550 doses.  This donation is a further symbol of U.S. commitment to work with the Government of Rwanda to protect the health of the Rwandan people.  The vaccines arrived at Kigali International Airport on the evening of December 10, 2021. 

Ambassador Vrooman announced, “To date, the United States has provided approximately 2.3 million vaccine doses to Rwanda, with nearly 3 million additional doses due to arrive via COVAX in the coming weeks.” 

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 provide vaccines for the world.  Thanks to the ingenuity of American scientists and the strength of American manufacturing the United States is bringing life-saving vaccines around the world to the people who need them the most. 

To date, the United States has donated more than 240 million COVID-19 vaccine doses – a major step in ending the pandemic globally.

  In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, the United States provided more than 65 million vaccine doses.  And we are not done yet.  Working together with COVAX, WHO, UNICEF, and partner countries, the United States is committed to donating 1.1 billion vaccine doses to where they are needed most to end this global pandemic. 

Since the start of the pandemic, the United States has stood side-by-side with the Rwandan people committing more than 28 billion RWF ($28 Million) to support the prevention, detection, treatment, and vaccination against COVID-19. 

The United States will continue to work with the Government of Rwanda to put an end to this pandemic’s high toll on life, livelihoods, and secondary social, health , and economic impacts.

Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to save lives and stop the spread  of this deadly virus.

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