U.S. Donates COVID-19 Vaccines for Central African Republic in Collaboration with African Union and COVAX Network

The U.S. Embassy, the African Union delegation, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization in the Central African Republic announce the arrival of 302,400 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.

The U.S. government donated the vaccines.  This delivery is part of the U.S. government’s and the African Union’s efforts to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX network.  These high-quality, single-dose vaccines will be made available to the government of the Central African Republic for use by the Central African people.

The 302,400 donated vaccines are part of the U.S. commitment to initially provide at least 25 million doses to Africa.  Close collaboration with the African Union on behalf of its member states helped facilitate this pledge.  The hard work and coordination of UNICEF and the World Health Organization through the COVAX vaccine network made the delivery of millions of vaccines possible.

“This donation will help protect the Central African people from the ravages of the COVID-19 virus,” said Lucy Tamlyn, U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic. “The United States is proud to be the largest donor to the COVAX global COVID-19 initiative, and we are honored to work with our partners at the African Union, UNICEF and the World Health Organization to make this ambitious goal a reality for hundreds of thousands of Central Africans.”

The vaccines have been delivered to the Ministry of Health.  Central African public health officials will provide information on their use.