One Million U.S.-Donated COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive in Ghana

More than 1 million U.S. donated COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived in Ghana on December 8, 2021

The United States has now donated more than five million doses to the Ghanaian people

Accra, Ghana – U.S. Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan handed over one million Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses to Ghana today.  Since September, the United States has donated 5.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Ghanaian people.  Ambassador Sullivan joined representatives of UNICEF, the Government of Denmark, and Ghana’s Ministry of Health at Accra Kotoka International Airport this morning for the donation.  The Government of Denmark is also delivering a vaccine donation to Ghana today.

“Now is the time for Ghanaians to get their jabs.  The vaccines, donated on behalf of the American people, are here.  These doses are the same safe and effective vaccines used in the United States.  We can beat this pandemic together, but it starts with each eligible person getting their jab,” said U.S. Ambassador Sullivan.

US Donated Vaccines Arrive in Ghana
More than 1 million doses of U.S.-donated COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Ghana, December 8, 2021

The vaccines donated by the United States were delivered through COVAX.  President Biden has committed to donating 1.2 billion doses worldwide and the U.S. Government has already shared more than 300 million doses, including 90 million in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The United States has strongly supported Ghana’s COVID-19 response efforts, providing personal protective equipment and training for medical professionals, medical equipment and testing supplies, vaccine distribution planning and support, economic assistance for impacted communities, three new regional Public Health Emergency Operations Centers in Ghana, as well as educational support for Ghanaian students during the pandemic.

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan
COVID-19 Vaccine Donation
December 8, 2021 08:30

Good morning!  I’m really delighted to be here today to receive the latest next shipment from the United States of over one million doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for the Ghanaian people.  This brings the U.S. total donation to Ghana so far to more than 5.3 million doses, just since September.

I’m especially pleased to be here with my friend Ambassador Tom Nørring from Denmark, which is also donating needed vaccines today.  It is great when friends help friends.

The United States has already donated 295* million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including more than 90 million here in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is only part of the 1.2 billion doses of vaccines President Biden has committed to donating worldwide on behalf of the American people. Because we know that nobody is safe until we’re all safe.

I want to thank our hardworking colleagues at UNICEF, who delivered these vaccines through COVAX I’d also like to thank the hardworking personnel at the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service for arranging the to transport these vaccines quickly and efficiently to ensure that they are available locally, at no charge.

Now it’s up to Ghanaians to get shots in their arms!  My colleagues from the Embassy were in Bolgatanga earlier this week with some students over age 15 who were already getting their Pfizer vaccines.

Please don’t wait – getting your jab now will protect you and your families and communities from serious illness and help us all defeat this virus.   Ghana has vaccines in great supply now, so it’s time to get vaccinated.

Thank you for your kind attention … and, ah beg, go get your jab!

(* as of 11am December 8, 2021, the United States has donated over 300 million doses)