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The White House says the United States will donate greater than 17 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from its home provides to the African Union.
President Biden made the announcement Thursday as he met with Kenyan Uhuru Kenyatta on the White House, Biden’s first one-on-one assembly with an African chief.
“We’re continuing our shared fight against COVID,” Biden stated throughout the assembly.
The vaccine donation comes on prime of the 50 million vaccines doses already donated by the United States to the African Union, in line with the White House.
The 17 million J&J vaccines might be obtainable for supply instantly and might be delivered to the African Union inside the coming weeks.
Kenyatta thanked Biden for helping each Kenya and different African nations, saying that the U.S. has “stepped up” in terms of vaccine donation and entry to vaccines for different nations.
News of Kenya’s 17 million vaccine donation comes after the World Health Organization stated final month the African continent was almost 500 million doses short of what’s wanted to realize its purpose of vaccinating 40% of individuals by the top of 2021.
“African countries need clear delivery dates so they can plan properly. We also need strong structures set up to ensure that all promises made are promises kept,” stated Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa in a press release addressing the scarcity.
To date, beneath half of the African nations which have acquired COVID-19 vaccines have totally vaccinated solely 2% or much less of their populations, in line with the WHO.