The country also plans to commit a further US$2 million to the facility, a move that will make it the largest financial donor to COVAX.
The vaccines delivered to Ethiopia are part of the first shipment of vaccines to Africa from US targeting about 50 countries. GAVI officials had listed Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Djibouti as first destinations.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who is Ethiopian, has called for vaccinating at least 10% of the most vulnerable in every country, including health workers and the elderly, by September.
The COVAX dose-sharing program has so far shipped 121 million doses to 136 mostly low- and middle-income countries, far short of its original targets, due to supply constraints since India suspended vaccine exports.
“Ventilators, medicine, test kits, oxygen concentrators, personal protective equipment, and today, we are proud to add vaccines to the list of support that the American people are providing Ethiopia to save lives in the fight against COVID-19,” said Ambassador Geeta Pasi.
Meanwhile, two new COVID-19 induced deaths and 93 more recoveries were reported, bringing the national death toll to 4,359 and total recoveries to 262,550.
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