The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) gave Ghana 1,229,620 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX global initiative to help Ghana fIght pandemic. The vaccine donation is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s global effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic by sharing the US vaccine supply with the world. Ghana’s Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service will oversee vaccine distribution nationwide in Ghana.
The United States has already donated and delivered more than 125 million doses to more than 80 countries and economies worldwide. As the US continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at home and works to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden has promised that the United States will be an arsenal of vaccines for the world.
“From the beginning of my presidency, we have been clear-eyed that we need to attack this virus globally as well. This is about our responsibility — our humanitarian obligation to save as many lives as we can — and our responsibility to our values. We’re going to help lead the world out of this pandemic, working alongside our global partners.”President Joe Biden | US President
US Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan, Deputy Minister of Health Mahama Asei Seini, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Mr. Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, and the UNICEF Country Representative to Ghana Ms Anne-Claire Dufay received shipment of vaccines at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.
“These vaccines will save lives here in Ghana. Vaccines, along with other preventive protocols, will help control the pandemic and slow the development of new variants. We stand with the Government of Ghana in its fight to stop the spread of COVID-19”Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan | United States Ambassador to Ghana
The United States has worked closely with Ghana since the start of the pandemic and has contributed over $30 million to support public health efforts and the COVID-19 response in Ghana. These funds are addressing the immediate and medium-term effects of COVID-19 on the health, agriculture, and education sectors, including the hard-hit private sector.
The United States and USAID commit to continue to support Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts, including future donations. USAID also supports vaccine preparedness efforts, including transport of vaccines to health facilities, detailed planning, and social and behavior change activities to encourage uptake of WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines.
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID’s activities and strategic partnerships support Ghana in becoming more self-reliant and advancing an integrated approach to development. It promotes accountability, sustainable systems, and inclusive development.